Processione

Procession is a project that wants to observe the contemporary reality of religious processions in Italy. From north to south in search of the city's patron saints, the southern skylights and those festivities in which Catholicism and Paganism merges.

Procession is a project that wants to observe the contemporary reality of religious processions in Italy.

From north to south in search of the city's patron saints, the southern skylights and those festivities in which Catholicism and Paganism meet and mingle in fascinating way.

Born from the desire to investigate the concept of faith and tradition in the contemporary society and to fix the extravagant, luxurious, sometimes almost frightening aesthetics that have characterized those celebrations for decades; the project should develop over the time frame of one year and draw a mapping of the country through the different regional beliefs.

Final aim of this research is to contextualize these events in a completely transformed sociality and to find what has remained unchanged and fixed for decades in the name of faith and tradition.

My intention is to document some of the most significant religious events of the peninsula and their preparation; reaching the different locations already in the days before the celebrations so as to be able to make contact with the citizens and those involved in the organization of the events. Listen to their stories and perspectives and to translate them into images.

From a visual point of view I imagine a mix of portraits and landscapes, stills of cheering crowds interiors of private houses and churches, statues and candles as well as telephones and TV screens.

The photographs I propose above are the images taken in the first pagan religious event I documented on May 1st 2024 in the small village of Cocullo in Abruzzo. The village has 200 inhabitants but for the day of San Domeico, in which the statue of the patron saint is covered in hundreds of snakes and carried in procession through the streets of the city, there are up to 10,000 visitors in the village.