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Nature, Art & Habitat Residency: An ECO-Laboratory of Multidisciplinary Practice at Soggiorno Mazzoleni, located in Taleggio Valley, Bergamo, Italy – is a summer program that aims to unfold and display a sensitive type of culture that relates to nature as a source of inspiration and a measure of available resources. The ultimate goal of NAHR is to unveil intimate links among all living organisms for more resilient development in which humans and nature coexist.

At the outset of the Anthropocene and in consideration of current pressing climatic threats, the NAHR program seeks to push toward a deep rethinking of the environment and its functions, by challenging creative and critical minds alike to produce innovative interpretations of nature as a resilient but fragile resource and space. We hope to receive proposals from across the disciplines, and we anticipate that projects will work toward deepening awareness of how humans can engage responsibly in shaping the future of our natural spheres.  

By looking macroscopically at the Earth’s ecosystems – climate, geology, soil, water, air, sun – and then reading the valley’s flowers, ferns, bees, pebbles, barns, villagers, shops, etc. microscopically, NAHR intends to investigate different natural components each year, their presence, and their integrated coexistence in the Taleggio Valley, and expects to challenge participants to approach these in novel ways.

Alongside free participation in the program (residency and workshops) and free accommodation, NAHR will provide to selected residents intensive community exchange in a rich environmental setting. Historically, the Alpine context of the valley is oriented toward a sustainability model and offers a variety of resources by which to initiate and extend investigations, which we hope will be inspired by sensitive multi-disciplinary approaches giving form and focus to finished projects.


This year’s 2017 residency and workshop topic will be Rock & Stone.









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Video Credits: 2015-‘16 Fellows by Project Authors, all other photos by NAHR