Calamita/a Project, Italy 2015

The Vajont Catastrophe

Italy, October 9th, 1963 - 10:39pm: 260 million cubic meters of rock broke off from the top of Monte Toc. It fell into the reservoir of the Vajont Dam producing an enormous wave of at least 50 million cubic meters of water. The wall of water pushed an air pocket before it. It was more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. So strong, in fact, that almost all the victims were found naked, their clothes blown off by the blast. The dam, completed in 1959 and the biggest in the world at the time, did not suffer any serious damage. However, the flooding destroyed several villages in the valley and killed almost 2000 people.

Born from interest how the perception of the tragedy and the mutation of the territory has changed, platform CALAMITA/À was founded by Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve.

CALAMITA/À: a platform of photographers, artists, urbanists, geologists, musicians and writers investigating a territory -the Vajont area- which, through organized research, wishes to explore the changes in progress, generate questions, reveal critical points and attract interest and awareness concerning a crucial place that is still being defined. The results are bound in a book, published in 2016.

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Gravity #1 calamita project Vajont Italy

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