3-30 September 2012, The Bishops’ Castle, Leuk/Loèche, Switzerland
16 commitments –16 portraits
A touring exhibition of photographs based on 16 commitments undertaken by the Canton of Valais on the theme of sustainable development
As part of the mandate it has received from the cantonal government of Valais to implement “Agenda 21 Valais”, the Fondation pour le développement durable des régions de montagne (FDDM) (Foundation for the sustainable development of mountain regions) has mounted a touring exhibition on the topic of sustainable development to raise public awareness of this issue.
The exhibition presents 16 portraits illustrating each of the commitments undertaken by the canton. Texts (in German and French) taken from works either by writers from Valais or about the canton accompany the portraits and communicate through a number of clear statements the idea of sustainable development to a wide audience.
“16 commitments – 16 portraits” aims to provoke a public response that motivates people to identify with the issue, develop a concern for it, ask questions, get informed, become involved, and do something about it every day.
Inauguration on 4 September 2012
The first venue for “16 commitments – 16 portraits” will be the Bishops’ Castle in Leuk/Loèche, Switzerland, where it will stay from 3 to 30 September 2012. It will then criss-cross the Canton of Valais (Martigny, Sion and other places) and later tour Switzerland.
The exhibition is supported in particular by the SDC and the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE). It has subsequently been adapted for presentation at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20)