CHRISTOPHER THOMSON     WORKING WITH LANDSCAPE




DORDOLLA: A VILLAGE CASE STUDY

Dordolla is a small alpine village on the Italian / Austrian / Slovenian border that nestles snugly with its vegetable gardens on a tiny promontory in the otherwise steep and rugged Val Aupa.


This is border land, a true European corner, where the Latin, Germanic and Slavic cultures combine. A history of migrations has created a village of only 50 stable inhabitants and yet one that can boast 5 different languages in daily use!

My last project, Travels Through Absence, dealt with changes in the urban landscape (see the film Travels Through Absence: Berlin for more on this) and so for a few years I have wanted to investigate the quieter but no less revolutionary changes underway in rural Europe.

Val Aupa is a dramatic example of landscape metamorphosis, detailing depopulation, reforestation, and both a collapse and rebirth of traditional agriculture. What started as one project has quickly turned to four, all due for publication in 2013...
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