Le post é la lerch – The place is the space
Trienala Ladina 2019
The Trienala Ladina is a contemporary art event organised by the Museum Ladin Ćiastel de Tor in St. Martin in Thurn in Val Badia, dedicated to deepening and revaluating artistic expression in the Ladin territory. In 2019 it explores the theme Le post é la lerch – The place is the space.
The group exhibition Le post é la lerch shows paintings, photographs, performances and installations on the theme of “space”, realized by artists from the Ladin cultural area who won the Trienala Ladina 2019 competition organized by the museum.
Invitation card, poster, advertisement, catalogue, flags and banners play with the idea of flexible spatial constructions based on overlapping surfaces. The graphic translation creates an impression of movement and a multitude of possible variations that affect each other.
Rooms have an effect on contents and vice versa. The idea manifested in the printed materials is continued in the three-dimensional space: the positions of the six artists, divided into two larger rooms, are marked by areas in shades of grey that begin on the walls and flow into each other on the floor. This metaphorically poses the question of intersections and overlaps between the works, and suggests a possible dialogue. Quotations by the participating artists about their work are attached to the wall. In this way, they “describe” the space in terms of content and form, and at the same time inscribe themselves symbolically.
The exhibition catalogue introduces the “Trienala Ladina” and the art prize “Competition Richard Agreiter”. At its core, it consists of a photographic documentation of all artistic positions, combined with quotes, texts and the biographies of the artists, to help understand the different artistic approaches in detail.
The hard-cover book has a size of 19,5 x 30 cm and consists of 100 pages. The layout of the inside pages is based on two concepts; the general information is printed on thin paper in a peachy colour whereas the artist pages are printed on a thicker, coated paper in white. The task of designing a book composed of four different languages – Ladin, German, Italian and English – was solved by structuring the book around four columns, each column representing a language. Depending on the content, Lupo Burtscher filled these columns in a playful manner, combined the languages so there is something to see, no matter what language you favour.