The radical contrast between mountains and plains has ancient roots. The former was labelled “saltus”, a land of herders and flocks, while the latter was the “ager”, where culture and cultivation were found.
This contrast between the two worlds can also be seen in the history of art and the heated debate between the 16th and 17th centuries over the supremacy of painting or sculpture. Painting won, and this victory for a single point of view, of the static, contributed to our modern perception of the mountains as a place of “otherness”, of something different. This in turn led to the mountains being excluded from our realm of civilization.
Slowly, thereafter, the mountains have reconquered their place. Nowadays, we talk of a “rediscovery” of the mountains through their small villages and cultures all too often forgotten, and a new form of solidarity. Could a new idea of living together reside up there?
To speak about this, in a surprising lesson of geography, we present Franco Farinelli, ex-Professor of Geography at the University of Bologna, who has taught at the Universities of Geneva, Los Angeles, Berkeley, and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He is the author of the non-fiction book The Invention of Earth.
The Food Talks are new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it. The full episode with Franco Farinelli will be available on November 18 at this link.
Event languages: IT, EN