L’eco del Silenzio – la valle dei Mòcheni
Written by the painter and Rita Miglioranza
Words: Bruno Passamani, Giuseppe Sebesta, Damiano Magugliani
Music by Giancarlo Andretta
Edited by La Cittadella Edizioni
OIL AND DRAWINGS
Landscape has always provided the most meaningful vein for my pictorial language. It was the key to interpreting the various moments of research along the way of my artistic development and comparing them. In 1969, when I took part in one of my many exhibitions in the Trentino, an event which always gave me great pleasure, I was invited by a colleague to visit the ‘Valley of the Mochens’. this first visit did not arouse any particular interest in me, perhaps because I was involved at the time in Mediterranean landscapes and atmospheres. After about six years, I felt the urge to see the valley again. Little by little it began to cast its spell on me and drove me to search out the ‘borghi and the farmsteads; even the ones clinging perilously to the mountainsides. At various time I visited the entire valley From Pergine I climbed the upper part of the Fersina torrent to Roveda and then continued to Kamanz, source of splendid sights, before descending to Frassilongo, St Felice – Ice. Bolleri, PaRi del Fersina and St Orsola. The entire valley is dotted with the typical tabia’, farmsteads built in wood and stone. These ‘rudimentary’ constructions seem to grow naturally from the earth. They are held up by crossed beams which almost seem to testify to the immutable will to resist the ravages of time and the indifference of man. This valley, so intimate and silent, has nothing to do with the more famous localities in the Dolomites dominated by consumer tourism. The Valley of the Mochens has the magic fascination of simplicity. The surrealistic vision of the landscape brings to life the woodlands and the mines with their multitude of phantoms from popular, ancient folklore. The people, the architecture, everything is characterized by a dreamy immobility which owes its essence to its having been passed over, historically and socially and to exodus, mourning and sacrifice. Our own ‘modernity’ with its craving for false consumeristic needs, its daily frenzy, its loss of the authentic values handed down from our forebears and no longer in harmony with the natural rhythms, lead us to humbly and respectfully consider this linguistic enclave, this valley rooted in the most secluded traditions. The great Austrian philosopher and writer, Robert Musil who lived in PaRi del Fersina for three months in 1915 for political-military reasons, was fascinated by the landscapes, the wildlife and the history of the valley which he himself defined as ‘The Enchanted Valley’ and which inspired several of his most important works. This valley took hold of me quite gradually by allowing me to experience the silence of the winter woods, the pulsating renewal of spring, the dazzling summer light, the devastating beauty of autumn with its fusion of colours like a Beethoven symphony. It is the duty of the artist to trace and capture his own feelings: I am grateful to this ‘Enchanted Valley’ for giving me the opportunity to ‘find myself’ as depicted in ‘THE ECHO OF SILENCE’.