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la somma

Elisa Villaverde

2018 - 2019

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

The work is a reflection starting from a quotation from the “Le città invisibili”; by Italo Calvino:

It is the desperate moment when we discover that this empire that seemed to us the sum of all wonders is a ruin without end or form.

This work comes from the desire to express photographically what the city is for me, a place from which I feel alienated, being born in a completely different reality, a village of about 70 people in the middle of the mountains.

My approach has been to go beyond the dimension of reality present in cities, to create an absurd and visionary imaginary, formed by apparently meaningless elements, decontextualized. Approaching the poetic world of Calvino was like discovering only the tip of an iceberg. His ability to describe cities in an enigmatic and symbolic way, as in invisible cities, motivated my decision to develop a photographic project from this aspect. Having the possibility to search in the city for those elements that make me think of the state of mind that I feel living here, has made my language enigmatic and symbolic, as happens in the book. The country you come from inevitably marks your thoughts on the future places where you will live.

Expressing through images that “non-binding”; that connects me to these places, made me wonder about what it meant to live in a big city, a concept difficult to represent given the complexity of the present sensations such as rupture, instability, the sense of suffocation, abandonment, incompleteness, uselessness, incompatibility.

Through elements such as the crack of the concrete due to roots, the piece of branch stuck in the net, the huge wall without windows completely peeling, I was able to identify those feelings of not belonging to a place, but I was also able to focus on the feeling towards the city.

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  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy

  • Elisa Villaverde, La somma, 2019, Turin, Italy


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