Heimat is a German word, which describes a feeling of belonging to a social, cultural and geographical context and is often vaguely translated with homeland.
Heimatkunde, literally translated as the knowledge of Heimat, was a subject taught in German speaking elementary schools in South Tyrol (I) until the beginning of the 90s. The subject explored every child's world starting with the individual, expanding to the family, friends, classroom, social structure and immediate geography up to the environment, animals and plants, and local history. The aim was both to educate the child about the context it belonged to as well as to create social cohesion among a minority community.
Heimatkunde is the school journal made by Nicolò between 1993 and 1995 in form of an artist book. It is an invitation to map your own geographical and conceptual elements of the place we live in, by creating a personal, multi-layerded vision of our local dimension.