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The duo photographic Exhibition:


Mountains, mountaineering, climate change



Ecological diversity, new climate pattern, new discovery

with schedule and venue as following:


Exhibition time: From 20 May until 12 June 2021.

Exhibition venue: Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts

                               97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC


Exhibition period: From 25 June until 25 July 2021

Exhibition venue: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

                              Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Quan Hoa Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi

The Consulate General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City is delighted to organize the photographic exhibition “ITALIAN ROUTES - Mountains, mountaineering, climate change” in Ho Chi Minh City from 20 May until 12 June 2021 at Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition is a very meaningful project of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, making use of the outstanding work of the photographer Fabiano Ventura, and will be promoted by the Embassies and Consulates General of Italy in the world, heading to the COP26 co-chaired by the UK and Italy at the end of 2021 in Glasgow. Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi) has been chosen as the first destination.

The aim of the exhibition is to communicate to an international audience the great Italian tradition linked to mountain culture and mountaineering as a means of understanding the mountain territory, its environmental value, and the importance of environmental awareness in the practices of accessing natural habitats as a way to preserve our precious ecosystems.

The central part of the exhibition path, Montagne Italiane (Italian Mountains), is an ideal journey that from the Gran Paradiso group explores the entire Alpine arc from west to east, crossing the massifs of Mont Blanc, Mount Rosa and Cervino, Bernina, Ortles-Cevedale and Adamello, moving on to the east, reaching the Dolomites and the Julian Alps. The Italian route ends with a ninth stage dedicated to the main Apennine mountain group, the Gran Sasso.

Each of the nine mountain groups is represented by large-format photographs that highlight their evocative landscape aspects and by comparative historical and contemporary images that highlight the evolution of the glacial masses, underlining the effects of climate change on the mountain landscape. Each group is accompanied by an introduction panel illustrating its geographical, historical and geo-glaciological characteristics, together with a suggested itinerary. Finally, each mountain section is enriched by reproductions of documents and historical material on the first alpine explorations.

The photographic section is accompanied by video recordings of the expedition On the Trails of the Glaciers - Alps 2020, made in the same places of the nine proposed stages. A space is dedicated to the historical and modern mountaineering equipment in comparison.

The final section, A Look at the World, extends the perspective to the Earth's most important mountain ranges, underlining the continuity of mountaineering culture at a global level. Beauty, awareness and respect for the environment are the great topics developed by the mountain culture starting from the Alps, extending them over the years in worldwide explorations. Retracing the steps of the project On the Trail of the Glaciers (Karakorum 2009, Caucasus 2011, Alaska 2013, Andes 2016, Himalayas 2018), this section shows a representative image of each mountain chain, with two photographic comparisons on the variations of the glacial masses. The photographs are accompanied by trailers of the documentaries made during the five expeditions.


Macromicro no Profit Association

The non-profit association Macromicro is active in the dissemination of environmental issues and aims at promoting projects and events for the protection of natural resources.

In particular, Macromicro promotes the use of photography as a tool for scientific knowledge and environmental awareness, combining the skills of its president Fabiano Ventura, a photographer specialised in environment, landscape and geographical reportage, with those of researchers and scientists.

Since 2009, the association has been involved in the photographic-scientific project On the Trails of the Glaciers, aimed at studying and disseminating the effects of climate change on the Earth's most important glaciers.


Fabiano Ventura

A landscape photographer specialising in environmental issues, he has taken part in numerous international scientific, photographic and mountaineering expeditions. Since 2007, he has been involved in the project On the Trails of the Glaciers, of which he is creator and director. His sensitivity towards the growing problem of climate change has led him to focus much of his activity on the objective of raising the awareness of this phenomenon among the general audience. With a team of researchers, photographers and filmmakers, he has been documenting the phenomenon of the retreat of the world's largest glaciers and disseminating the results of his work since 2007 through exhibitions, conferences, educational programmes, installations and documentaries.


On the Trail of the Glaciers
"Exploring the past for a sustainable future"

The exhibition Italian Routes is based on the contents of the project On the Trails of the Glaciers promoted and organised by the non-profit association Macromicro.

On the Trails of the Glaciers is a photographic-scientific project that combines photographic comparison and scientific research to show the effects of climate change through the observation of glacier mass variations over the last 150 years.

With 6 expeditions over a period of 10 years to the most important mountain glaciers on Earth (Karakorum 2009, Caucasus 2011, Alaska 2013, Andes 2016, Himalayas 2018, Alps 2020), the project aims at supporting original studies and take new photographs from the same vantage point and at the same time of year as those taken by photographer-explorers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The project represents the largest existing archive of comparative photography of glacial mass variations. Conceived and realised by the photographer Fabiano Ventura in collaboration with a technical and creative staff, it is supported by an international Scientific Committee.

The strong communicative power of photographic comparisons, combined with the results of scientific research, is a contribution to raising the awareness of the impact of human activities on climate. The dissemination of the project contents aims at raising public awareness on the need to safeguard natural resources for the protection of future generations.

Taking this occasion, we will also combine the Italian Routes exhibition with a complementary exhibition “Landscapes of Vietnam - Ecological diversity, new climate pattern, new discovery” by the three remarkable Vietnamese photographers Hoang The Nhiem, Hoang Giang Hai and Tran Dang Dang Khoa on the subject of Vietnamese caves and mountains. This will offer a glimpse on local mountain areas in the eyes of prominent local artists, providing a great addition to the audience with a comparative approach.

This duo exhibition with well-curated photography is an opportunity for visitors to see the distinctiveness of nature and beautiful landscapes of the two countries Italy and Vietnam.


General information

The exhibition “Italian Routes. Mountains, mountaineering, climate change” is set up of 3 sections (“General Introduction”,“ Italian Mountains ”,“ A look at the world ”) and consists of:

14 descriptive panels

20 landscape images

30 photos in comparison (60 single images)

02 videos

02 mannequins with mountaineering clothing and equipments

09 reproductions of historical mountaineering documents

The exhibition “Landscapes of Vietnam - Ecological Diversity, New Climate Pattern, New Discovery” consists of 15 photograps by three remarkable Vietnamese photographers Hoang The Nhiem, Hoang Giang Hai and Tran Dang Dang Khoa.


All events organized by the Consulate General of Italy will strictly comply with preventive measures of Covid-19. All attendees at our events are requested to wear the face mask and please disinfect your hands often with soap and sanitizer. 


For further information and communication

please contact with the Consulate General of Italy in HCMC

Via phone: +84 28 3827 5445/Email: