SMArt - Sustainable Mountain Art
Pictures to raise awareness on the challenges facing mountain regions
The SMArt programme aims to increase the perception of both decision-makers and the population as a whole of the challenges facing mountain regions through artworks, and more particularly photographs.
It has chosen to focus its attention on four themes which affect all mountain regions around the world: climate change, water resources, biodiversity and food security and migration.
Artists in residence and associated artists
Within the framework of the SMArt programme, cultural partners in Switzerland welcome artists from the South or East. During their stay, the artists create a work of art reflecting how they perceive and understand the challenges of their host region.
SMArt also welcomes collaborations with Swiss artists, whether within exhibitions, common projects with artists in residence, or exchanges of artists with the partner countries.
Exchange, dialogue and sensitisation
The artists’ works are exhibited in Switzerland. During their residence, they participate in meetings with the general public, artists and professionals. The local decision-makers and population are thus confronted with a new vision of the realities facing them.
When the artists return to their own countries, their works and experience are promoted in partnership with a local cultural organisation and the debate with the local population continues.
The artworks of all associated artists are also shown in collective exhibitions in Switerland or elsewhere in the world, as well as in international events.
A vast network at the crossroads of culture and sustainable development
Launched in 2014 by the Foundation for the Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions (FDDM), the SMArt programme will, over the next five years, create an extensive, multicultural network of artists, residences, cultural institutions and financial partners committed to the sustainable development of mountain regions.