In Ortisei, in the village and in the surrounding natural landscape dominated by the Dolomites, an inspired, responsible and engaging contemporary art festival is staged until the end of September

A contemporary art festival based on the exchange between people, animals, plants, minerals, stories, legends, languages and traditions where nature and culture meet the international artistic community and together they imagine and build a sustainable future. In the setting of the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Dolomites, in Urtijëi/Ortisei and in the surrounding landscape of Gherdëina/Val Gardena takes the stage, until 25 September 2022, Persones Persons, the eighth edition of Biennale Gherdëin, curated by Lucia Pietroiusti and Filipa Ramos.

New installations, existing works and participatory experiences

Dedicated largely to the commission and exhibition of new works of art, Biennale Gherdëina presents a series of unpublished installations, sculptures, sound pieces, performances, textile works and participatory experiences alongside already existing artistic creations, some historical, in dialogue with the magnificent natural landscape of Val Gardena and the Dolomites.

A continuous process of influence and harmony

Persones Persons moves along two lines” the curators Lucia Pietroiusti and Filipa Ramos fold. The first takes into consideration personality forms, legal and non, of nature and landscape, wondering how artistic expressions can contribute to the recognition of the rights of the Earth and the reduction of barriers. The other deals with the ancient and future memories of the paths of people, animals, plants and materials through systems of migration, seasonal displacement and transhumance in the region and in the its landscapes. How they form and constitute each other in a continuous process of influence and harmony”.

The authors of the works and performances

The artists participating in the eighth edition of the Gherdëina Biennale are: Etel Adnan, Chiara Camoni, Alex Cecchetti, Gabriele Chaile, Revital Cohen e Tuur Van Balen, Jimmie Durham, Simone Fattal, Barbara Gamper, Kyriaki Goni, Judith Hopf, Ignota, Karrabing Film Collective, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Lina Lapelytė, Eduardo Navarro, Angelo Plessas, Elizabeth A.  Povinelli, Tabita Rezaire, Sergio Rojas, Giles Round, Thaddäus Salcher, Martina Steckholzer, Hylozoic/Desires (Himali Singh Soin e David Soin Tappeser), Ana Vaz e Nuno da Luz, Bruno Walpoth.

Workshops, meetings and lectures but also walks

For its entire duration, Biennale Gherdëina is accompanied by a rich public program dedicated to young and old: workshop with artists from wood carving, natural dyeing of fabrics, making incense and embroidery; meetings with philosophers and thinkers to talk about caring for the environment and community; readings of poems with poets and writers to get to know the Ladin language up close; walks in the woods to discover the history of the Dolomites, the plants and animals that inhabit it and the sounds that characterize it. The complete calendar is available on

Exhibitions and concerts

There is no shortage of collateral events related to the Biennale Gherdëina, such as the exhibition What do Landscapes dream of? a curated by Sarah Solderer and Mara Vöking, until 3 July 2022 at Tublà da Nives, Selva di Val Gardena and the concert Dark Voices by Hannes Kerschbaumer of the Val Gardena Youth Choir conducted by Samuel Runggaldier, Saturday 20 August 2022, 4 pm and 6 pm, at Castel Garden /Fischburg, Selva di Val Gardena.