Schaufenster: Vincent Forstenlechner – Snow Pillars
@BAW – Bolzano Art Weeks 2022
One of the rarest kinds of marble in the world is found in the town of Lasa in South Tyrol. Still to this day it is only mined from a small quarry in the mountains above the village. The metamorphic rock that is known for its total whiteness is formed through steady pressure on the minerals deep inside the mountain. Thereby making it a record of geological time.
Yet the most famous application of the material is its prominent use in statues and landmarks all around the globe. Through traveling to these other sites the marble also becomes a metaphorical container that condenses and records human memory.
Understanding these different ways the marble is connected to memory and place. „Marmo“ photographically investigates the connections between the material, the landscape it is extracted from and the various sites that are made from it. The work incorporates photograms and staged photography with the images taken around Lasa, to discuss the multiple layers of refe- rence through which the rock can be observed.
Supported by: Residency Program City of Salzburg Merano Arte, Salzburg State Artist Fund, LASA Marmo