Young photographers at high altitude in the highest artist residency in the Dolomites
Four students of the Accademia di Belle Arti G. Carrara di Bergamo had the opportunity to spend six days exploring the breathtaking landscape of Mount Lagazuoi searching for the true essence of the Dolomites. The project represents the metamorphosis of the Lagazuoi Photo Awards competition, completely renewed this year with the "New Talents" formula: the focus shifts to young people and thus to a new horizon.
Scheduled for September 2nd are the award ceremony and the opening of the exhibition dedicated to the submitted works, which can be admired at the Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti until the end of October.
Four budding talents, six days spent at almost 3000 meters above sea level and a quality jury ready to crown the winner: this is the new format of the Lagazuoi Photo Award, the first curatorial project of Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti, the high-tech exhibition and museum centre located at the top station of the Lagazuoi cable car between Cortina d'Ampezzo and Alta Badia.
“The Lagazuoi Photo Award was created in 2020 to dispel any cliché of a mostly backwards-looking iconography of the mountains, while these territories are harbingers of innovation and of the future,” explains Stefano Illing, engineer and creator of the cultural centre. "This year, with the Lagazuoi Photo Award - New Talents, we want to look even further ahead and that is why we cater to young people: we are making room for them because they will sow the seeds of an aesthetic and cultural revolution."
Thanks to the partnership with the Accademia di Belle Arti G. Carrara di Bergamo, the competition is completely renewed, is aimed at young talents and opens up to other artistic forms: now, beyond photography, it also includes videos and sounds. Four academy students were selected by means of a tender and had the opportunity to undergo a unique experience on the top of Mount Lagazuoi: six field days walking in the midst of 250-million-year-old rocks through an extreme, sometimes almost lunar landscape. If it's true that observing a place with new eyes is like discovering it for the first time, these "discoverers" saw the Dolomites as no one has seen them before. Positioned to capture the light of sunset and sunrise, sometimes they had to face extreme conditions, but above all they slowly assimilated the beauty of the place, getting in tune with the peaks. Their projects bear witness to this unprecedented learning and immersion process.
The submitted works have been evaluated by a highly qualified jury made up of professionals and experts: Elisabetta Lattanzio Illy, photographer and journalist, CEO and founder of the Photo Agency Picture of Change, Francesco Pedrini, director of the art academy Accademia di Belle Arti G. Carrara in Bergamo, Leonie Radine, curator of the Museion in Bolzano, Stefano Illing, creator of the Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti, Elisa Calcamuggi, Marketing Manager of the DMO Dolomiti.
The award ceremony and the opening of the exhibition are scheduled for 2nd September 2022 at 3 p.m. at the Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti, followed by a celebratory drink at the new Lagazuoi Terrace Bar by Embassy.