AVALANCHE is a project about the village of Hichigh, on the Pamir mountains, one of the most unexplored regions in the world, on the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Since 2005, with his job and endless travels Carlos Casas has been looking for, monitoring and telling the traditions and changes of one of the most archaic human settlements in the world. Over the years, AVALANCHE has taken on many different forms: films, musical or audio-visual performances adapted to each context and involving different authors collaborating with Casas in the rewording of this story. A never-ending reinterpretation, now on for the eighteenth time. The unusual design of the AVALANCHE #18 display has taken inspiration from Pamir’s houses: from the skylight to the portico, from the outer areas for daily activities to the mattresses to sit on with the other people living in the house. A way to build bridges of continuity between the original and ancestral dimensions and the Impluvium area of the Triennale, and to establish free connections between the audience and the audio-visual landscapes.
Carlos Casas (b. 1974, Barcelona, Spain) is a filmmaker and visual artist whose work combines documentary films, cinema, and visual and sound art. His films have been screened and awarded at festivals around the world, including at the Venice Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Buenos Aires International Film Festival, the Mexico International Film Festival, FID Marseille. His work has been shown and produced in international art institutions and galleries such as Tate Modern, London, Fondation Cartier, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, Paris, HangarBicocca, Milan, CCCB Barcelona, GAM Turin, and BOZAR Brussels.