With their flowery beards, traditional costumes and archaic tools, they are the guardians of the mountain, confronted daily to its threats and dangers – erosion, landslides and avalanches. Stuck between tradition and modernity, high subventions and imposed prices – hardly covering their living costs, prices which are ostensibly too high against international compétition – will these slave laborers of the land be able to maintain their ancestral tasks, or are they merely destined to protect the mountains and abandon their productivity – become gardeners in their own right ? Are we witnessing the last generation of mountain farmers before the final exodus towards urbanism or towards other lands in other countries presenting more opportunities.
I am invited to give a lecture about my work on Swiss Alpine Farmers on Wednesday the 12th of December 2018 at the Teatro Verdi di Milano during the Festival letterario “Leggere le Montagne”. Continue reading →
You are invited at the Librairie Le vent des Routes in Geneva on December 4, 2018 for the launch of my book Homo Helveticus. A glass of wine and a slice of panettone will be offered to all visitors by Géo Découverte, my partner for the photo workshops. Continue reading →