The photo exhibition 'Journeys through our Fragile Heritage' at Parco Ciani


Institutional Communication Service

16 July 2018

The photo exhibition 'Journeys through our Fragile Heritage' is showcased on the perimeter area of Parco Ciani. From a project by Wikimedia and UNESCO it highlights the beauty and fragility of our common heritage. It landed in Lugano thanks to the cooperation between the UNESCO chair, founded and directed by Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni, and the Swiss commision for UNESCO. 

The photo exhibition is organised within the framework of the #Unite4Heritage ( campaign, a global movement launched in 2015 by UNESCO with the aim of celebrating and protecting cultural heritage, calling on everyone to report destruction by groups of extremists, and making everyone understand that the responsibility to safeguard cultural heritage lies in the hands of each individual. USI UNESCO Chair is one of the main supporters of this project on social media, through the #faces4heritage campaign (

The exhibit illustrates the richness and diversity of a heritage that belongs to eveyone and that needs help to be preserved and passed on to future generations. Intentional destruction, negligence, intensive tourism and uncontrolled economic development, ignorance and poor maintenance jeopardizes much of our cultural heritage and diversity. This exhibition shows threatened cultural heritage, both built and intangible, and reports illicit trafficking of artworks. 

The exhibition was first shown in Paris and in other capitals such as Rome, Montréal and Stockholm, and then landed in Switzerland on the UN building in Geneva.

Lugano is the second Swiss stop. The exhibition on the perimeter area of Parco Ciani is organised in collaboration with the department of events and conferences of the City of Lugano (Divisione Eventi e Congressi) and is part of the 'Long Lake Festival' and 'Lugano Arte Urbana'. The exhibition is also part of the activities of the MEM Summer Summit 2018.