Verzasca Foto Festival - edition VI
5th to 8th September 2019
Sonogno, Valle Verzasca, Switzerland
During Verzasca Foto Festival main days you can enjoy open-air exhibitions, photo nights with live music, presentations, meetings and workshops held by professional photographers.
The festival aims to promote emerging international photographers and to support visual arts in Southern Switzerland, by giving free space through connection and dialogues with nature, offering access to different forms of expression and ways of visual storytelling.
The main activities take place in Sonogno, a small alpine village of stone houses surrounded by wild nature. Here, local and international photographers have the opportunity to get together and share their visions and ideas in an informal environment.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SIXTH EDITION
To walk is to fulfill a need, to have fun, to reflect and to observe. Sometimes you’re going somewhere, sometimes you’re going nowhere. In the dictionary, the verb “to walk” is defined as the act of moving—on foot—from one place to another.
Walking has two dynamism: the first one—physical—allows humans to move and explore, and the second one—meta-physical—brings them to a dimension of reflection and contemplation about space and time. To walk can be both physical and metaphysical at the same time.
Walking can be enjoyable and liberating (a nice stroll) or it can be necessary and vital (the escape to freedom and a better future). Walking—even when you get lost—feeds our sensibility and broadens our horizons: it allows us to get to know our surroundings, the people who inhabit it and ourselves. Along the way you might meet a vast array of people and places, each and every one of them with their own store of knowledge, emotions and beauty. Any of them can become a source of inspiration and impetus, which are essential to the creative process.
We all have been on our own paths and still are. This year the Verzasca Foto Festival aims to act as a crossroads for all the paths we’ve walked on, are walking on and will walk on in the future. This edition is dedicated to people in movement and the festival will become a place of interaction and integration where we can share our stories and discover those of others thanks to the participation of
photographers from all around the world. At the Verzasca Foto Festival photography is the pretext and the theme of reflection.
Other than its blacktop road, the Valle Verzasca also has a lot of known paths as well as still unexplored ones. We invite all of you to go ahead and walk along these paths, following your own rhythm, sensibility and curiosity. We also invite photographers, fans of the festival and everyone who’s passionate about photography to spend some of their time in Sonogno sharing moments and experiences. While you’re here, discover stories from far away as well as closer ones through our outdoors exhi- bitions, round tables, meeting points and the suggestive and immersive presentations and projections by talented photographers.
ACTIVITIES DURING THE FESTIVAL MAIN DAYS
You can freely take part to activities like nocturnal projections in the grottos and piazzas of the Verzasca Valley, workshops, round tables, concerts, walks, and exhibition openings in the woods round up the program, offering informal networking opportunities with the local population and artists from all over the globe.
The Verzasca Foto Festival is set in a genuinely natural environment, a place of peace that stimulates the interaction between people who are curious to move, seek, discover.
Sonogno main location of the festival, is a peaceful village of stone rustic houses, surrounded by mountains and nature located in the Verzasca Valley. A perfect place to take a breath, be relaxed and getting creative away from the every day rush.
GRAPHIC PROJECT MANIFESTO 2019