AVALANCHE #18 — Carlos Casas
AVALANCHE is a film about Hichigh, one of the world's highest inhabitated villages in the Pamir mountains, at the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Avalanche is a document in progress, since 2009 Casas has been travelling to the Pamirs to continue the work. AVALANCHE is an attempt to translate into a contemporary language the rituals and the culture of Pamir, home of some of the most ancient traditions in the world.
Pamir domestic space organization according to the four elements. © Carlos Casas
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.
Raumplan, founded in 2014, does curatorship, exhibition design and installations. Raumplan collaborated with companies and institutions as Museo Kartell, Museo Alessi, Archivio Storico Olivetti, Adidas, Vice, BASE Milano, Ikea, MEGA, CAMPO, Triennale Milano, Terraforma, Czar, Link Art Center. The work of Raumplan has been published, among others by Domus, CNN, Vice, Artribune, La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera.
Photo: courtesy the artist and e/static
AVALANCHE #18 has been envisioned as a platform which hosted different voices chosen by Casas himself: the composer Giusepper Ielasi, the ethno-anthropologist Frederik Van Oudenhoven and the performer Tambour Doux.
Carlos Casas (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.