- Edition of 8 +1 author’s proof / Squared: 100×100 cm – 40×40 inches | Rectangular: 150×100 cm – 60×40 inches
- Edition of 15 + 1 author’s proof / Squared:50×50 cm – 20×20 inches | Rectangular: 90×60 cm – 36×24 inches
- Archival Pigment Print
[…] we spend our lives attempting to interpret through the word the readings we take in the societies, the world of which we are part. It is in this sense, this inextricable, ineffable participation, that writing is always and at once an exploration of self and of the world; of individual and collective being.
What do I photograph and why? What attracts me most? For sure I’m engaged in “thought experiments” producing landscapes. I try to extrapolate through the lens what is in my brain and the results are realizations of my mental form “out there”. I feel the need to link inner and outer reality, mind and matter, by the means of a mindscape. For sure this inner motion can be fulfilled thanks to the places I know most, where I was born, shooting over the last years, my Suspended project.
Suspended is, as a result, still a documentary project, even I feel it as the result of real personal need. A photographic sequence exploring what is far from Mediterranean stereotypes and “tòpoi”. No winking postcards testifying a collective image of Lands full of art and nature. No iconic visions of black dressed mamas, godfathers and religious fests. Visual sketches, on my Landscapes, where “The City is as old as Time and continuous with it”(1), where every place has been (or is going to be) colonized by man made artefacts. Suspended, between past and future, sky and earth, as suspended are buildings and structures that seam to grow up spontaneously from a common soil. In turning my mindscapes into reality, in choosing my subjects, I’ve created, without a deliberate decision, a time jumping effect, between unfinished and ruins, incomplete buildings and to-be projects. The “fight” between Man and Nature is indeed dynamic in this area of the world. From “what remains” of the 1968 Belice earthquake to the preliminary phases of the enormous project of the Strait of Messina Bridge, from the fascist towns to the new housing projects there are decades of “battles” with a various outcomes: spaces re-conquered, wounds in the present, delirious projections into the future.
(1) In The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1978.