¿Creative Villages?

Traces 05 

What role can contemporary art play in a village? In this context, what place can it have and what form can it take? By offering artists, curators and researchers the opportunity to meet and work in and around the municipality of Leytron in the canton of Valais, the project ¿Creative Villages? had two main objectives, one local and the other, global: 1) to measure the effects of the place of reception – in this case one that is rural, peripheral, and rustic – on the development of alternative practices and concepts; 2) to consider the conditions of artistic production within an economy of commissioned projects.

Director : Benoît Antille
Texts : Benoît Antille, Fransisco Camacho, Maëlle Cornut, François Dey, Nicole Murmann, Carmen Perrin, Alexandre Praz, Katerina Samara, Christian Valleise
Languages : french and english
Graphic design : Jérôme Lanon
Format : 20,6 x 16,4
Pages : 119
Édition : ECAV/EDHEA
Publication : 2018
ISBN : 978-2-9700770-5-3
With the support of : Pro Helvetia, HES-SO, Canton of Valais, Commune of Leytron, Loterie Romande
Prix : CHF 15.-


The mission of the collection Traces is to make more visible the research carried out at the EDHEA. In an economic format, each issue sheds light on a recent project. Drawing on experiences and freshly acquired knowledge, the collection of publications retraces the intentions, aims and challenges of these adventurous enquiries, and looks at their provisional conclusions, unanswered questions and emerging issues.

In an era of conflicting goals, where preservation (heritage) cohabits with eradication (constant innovation), Traces has chosen the middle ground: to maintain the traces of paths taken whilst offering glimpses into yet unexplored territories.

Traces evokes unique journeys undertaken in the course of a history still in the making.

Editorial manager and concept :  Alain Antille