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Turistica

Carlo Rusca

2016 - 2019

Locarno, Ticino, Switzerland

The season is over. The Autumn wind shakes the branches of the trees, solitary witnesses in a motionless space. In a house of someone who cannot sleep, a television lightens up the pale white painted rooms. Empty hotel neon lights reflect their luminescence on the windscreen of my car. Silence is filled with small, almost imperceptible, sounds: old bulbs flickering, radiators and ventilation systems sizzling in the dark. Everything looks the same, orderly and ready. Perfectly outlined. It’s hard to not feel alone. I get out of the car and I light up a cigarette while watching a big calf vanishes like a ghost in the haze that has risen in the meantime. His story is already written. He is stuck. Nothing can be changed. Here is the light of dawn. I think about the people I lost and who has lost himself in this place. Animals speak to me and palms look like fireworks. You couldn’t feel bad.

Turistica is a long-term project (2016-2019) realized in medium format analog photography shot in some neighborhoods of Locarno, my hometown, in the southern part of Switzerland. It’s a visual journey dedicated to all the small tourist destinations and to their lonely citizens.

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