Workshop in Gerace with Massimo Mastrorillo

The discovery of a territory means the discovery of its people, its community made of stories and memories (and so the recovery of memory) – which we then try to translate into images.

In 2022 I participated in the artistic residency “I luoghi dei mutamenti” in Gerace, a small town in the province of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Promoted by the association Tabula Rasa and photographer Massimo Mastrorillo, this experience was an opportunity to get in touch with the community of Gerace, trying to capture and photograph its soul.

Our research had to focus on the concept of “signs” and “traces” – which, for me, is equivalent to the concept of “memory”.

And memory, as always, is made of stories and tales.

“You, ancient city built on rock / what is your true rock? /”  Sister Mirella

“The wind blows where it wants and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes” Giovanni

“I feel like I have been part of nature and the trees, forever” Giovanni

“Sometimes you go back because you can’t stay in one place anymore” Antonio also called ‘Ntoni

“We have found the strength to resist, now we just need to rediscover ourselves” Gabriele

“Always look for a gentle poetics” Oreste