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Varco Appennino

An exploration of the inner areas of the Italian Southern Apennines

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Varco Appennino (Apennines passage) is an exploration of the inner areas of the Italian Southern Apennines, those hidden, remote, away from the clichés and chronicles that often characterize this part of the country.

Varco Appennino

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The work is a dialogue with the "Apennines dictionary" of the Irpinian poet and writer Franco Arminio, and it develops from the often repeated phrase addressed to me too many times by the inhabitants of the small villages I visited: "There is nothing here! Why do you come here? "

During my research, which began in 2016 and ended in March 2020, I traveled through the mountain ranges that from Calabria cross Basilicata, Campania and Molise, up to the border with Abruzzo. I worked on the complexity and contradictions contained in this sentence, in this often rich and fertile “nothing”, from a historical and present point of view. A nothingness made of landscapes and history, of gestures and intimacy, of inhabited countryside and slowness, of unfinished buildings as melancholic memories of failed dreams.

After many years dedicated to documenting the collective rites and the great sacred and profane manifestations of contemporary devotion for the book “Hotel Immagine”, I needed to return to the banality of everyday life, made of apparent simplicity and continuity with nature.

Between spring and summer 2021, the photographic book curated and designed by Fiorenza Pinna with texts by Franco Arminio will be released by Witty Books >>> PRESALE HERE.

A selection of the work can be purchased as limited or open edition fine art prints. A percentage of the revenue from the prints’ sale will go to cancer research in Italy.