Foreign elements in homegrown traditions
Fundaziun NAIRS in the Engadine is an art venue, cultural centre and artists’ abode all in one. In its role as cultural centre it focuses on the heritage and cultural creation of the region and on associated issues. Fundaziun NAIRS raises questions about the Engadine’s cultural identity and hosts events related to Romansh cultural life.
Starting in 2015, it spotlighted in particular the foreign influences that make themselves felt in the Engadine to this day. «Engadiner Baukultur damals und heute – Über das Fremde im Eigenen» (Engadine building culture past and present – foreign elements in homegrown traditions) consisted of seven sub-projects seeking out foreign influences in the Engadine from an artistic, architectural, geographic and social perspective. They underscored the fact that it takes a sharp eye to discern the various elements that make up one’s own roots. The projects included guided tours and talks on the architecture of the past 15 years, workshops on limestone as the basis of the Engadine’s building culture, artistic interventions, a public colloquium on the subject of foreign elements in homegrown traditions, and an associated publication.
«Engadiner Baukultur damals und heute – Über das Fremde im Eigenen» kicked off in 2015 and ran until 2017.