Sent, Switzerland

Not Vital

Parkin Not Dal Mot

What is a Mongolian tent, in perfect working order, doing in a park in Engadine, the beautiful valley in southeastern Switzerland where Not Vital was born? In fact, the park is actually a project that Vital has built over the years with many of his works, and the tent is part of the same declaration of poetics—and poetic action—that he has been developing for years, without which an understanding of his practice would be incomplete. In 1990, Vital built a hospital in Nepal with proceeds from the sale of bronze castings of the dung from Engadine’s cows; lately, his ethnic, social, and humanitarian interests have shifted toward sub-Saharan Africa. Such endeavors are rooted in an investigation of connections across national and cultural borders. But Vital is first and foremost an artist, and he must and wants to act as such. Since 1997, his most important field of artistic action has been

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