CALAMITA/À. An investigation into the Vajont catastrophe (PRE ORDER, double)

CALAMITA/À. An investigation into the Vajont catastrophe (PRE ORDER, double)

2 copies / 23 x 31 cm / 496 pages / softcover / Artists: Gianpaolo Arena, Marina Caneve, Céline Clanet, François Deladerriere, Petra Stavast, Jan Stradtmann / Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve / Essays by Olga Smith, Alessandra Prandin, Marcelline Delbecq, Perrine, Lamy-Quique, Roberta Agnese, Eugénie Shinkle

On 9 October 1963 almost two thousand people lost their lives overwhelmed by a gigantic wave of water and mud caused by a huge landslide that fell into the Vajont hydroelectric basin. After just over 60 years, the history of Vajont remains among the most serious environmental disasters caused by human action.
CALAMITA/À (2013-ongoing) is an artistic project based on research and with an interdisciplinary approach. The project was born in 2013 and is curated by Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve. It originates from a fascination for the Vajont catastrophe. In a modernity where we move seamlessly from one catastrophe to the next, the project explores the geographical and cultural territories of the Vajont to investigate a fundamental question: how to see the approaching catastrophe?
CALAMITA/À, since 2013, involved more than fifty authors and researchers asking them to reflect on the topics of the representation of the catastrophe. This happened with site specific projects and by promoting critical thinking on issues such as: the transformation of the landscape, the exploitation of energy resources, the relationship between man, nature and power, the social marginalization of minorities and individual and collective identity.
This book is an ambitious operation, aimed at concluding CALAMITA/À’s ten-year research on the Vajont territories. The projects of these six authors, started between 2013 and 2015, will be the corpus of a book. The book will be published in September 2024.

Gianpaolo Arena
Marina Caneve
Céline Clanet
François Deladerriere
Petra Stavast,
Jan Stradtmann

Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve
Olga Smith
Alessandra Prandin
Marcelline Delbecq
Perrine Lamy-Quique
Roberta Agnese
Eugénie Shinkle