On October 9, 1963, at 10:39pm 260 million cubic meters of rock broke off from the top of Monte Toc (Dolomites, Italy). It fell into the reservoir of the Vajont Dam, producing an enormous wave of at least 50 million cubic meters of water. The dam, completed in 1959 and the biggest in the world at the time, did not suffer any serious damage. However, flooding destroyed several villages in the valley and killed almost 2,000 people. A third of the population of Longarone, the largest village downstream of the dam, perished.
The book The Walking Mountain is an investigation in many layers of what happened in and what followed after the disaster:
• a historic research in politics, society and geology
• a photo book with historical pictures as well as contemporary work from several international photographers
• a collection of interviews with famous photographers (e.g. Olaf Otto Becker, Simon Norfolk, Peter Bialobrzeski and Rob Hornstra) on approaching documentary projects
After presentations in Rome and Amsterdam the team of The Walking Mountain will present the book and the project in Amsterdam.
December 19, 2016
Wijdesteeg 3 A
Speaking among others:
• curators Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve
• designer Sybren Kuiper
• photographers Michela Palermo and Petra Stavast