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SMACH.2019 – Art, Culture and History in the Dolomites

Cultural Association SMACH has opened its 4th international call for artists, for a project aimed at deepening peoples interest for art, as well as bringing awareness to the Dolomites region.

SMACH.2019 puts it’s main focus to the the word “Heimat” — not a simple word that proves untranslatable in many languages, English and Italian included. The aim of the project is to prepare works of contemporary art based on the word “Heimat”.

The ten selected artworks and projects will receive a prize of 2,000 Euro each.

Heimat is indicative of a form of identity much stronger than a single word can transmit. It does not just refer to a place, but rather a set of shared and spontaneous values which have all to do with life from infancy and mention of which triggers a positive sensation in us when we think of our origins, think of our identity, or, on the contrary, the sense of solitude and impotency we feel when the loss of such tie is hinted at.

The artistic interventions will aim to grow people’s interest for the art, not only as a form of autonomous language, but also as a promotion for the territory. The artists should create a deep understanding of the history, the tradition, the architecture, the nature of the proposed sites and reflect this in their works. SMACH prides itself in being one with “art and nature”, where the latter acts as a place for artistic action, designed and conceived specifically for the various sites; despite the intertwining, integration of the work of art in nature, a contrast is always created between human intervention and the natural evolution implicit in the environment.

The places and sites where the selected artworks will be exhibited can be reached by walking along the paths. The areas are located between 1,100 and 2,300 meters above sea level:

  1. Strada de la Vena
  2. Ciastel de Tor
  3. Val dl’Ert
  4. Munt d’Adagn
  5. Pares
  6. Chi Jus
  7. Pra de Pütia
  8. Fanes
  9. Sennes
  10. Plan de Corones

What interests the locals and visitors the most in the landscapes, in the unique wonders of nature, in the towns and villages and in the buildings of the municipalities of San Martin de Tor and Mareo area should be increased by the exhibition. All sites share common values in terms of nature, history and culture. The artists will have priority access to the contents, places and background. The projects will be places and set up at the various sites. The attractions will draw in visitors, who can enjoy discovering nature of the present and the past and everyday life in Val Badia – one of the best known and most visited valleys in the Dolomites. The purpose of SMACH will be achieved if the exhibited works ignite the curiosity of people for the project as a whole.

The event is organized and coordinated by the Cultural Association SMACH, with the support of several cultural organizations that take care of the promotion of the area, culture and Ladin language.