Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA

  • Dates
    2019 - Ongoing
  • Author
  • Topics Portrait, Social Issues, Documentary
  • Locations Treviso, Vicenza

Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA is a journey on foot in 36 stages, in the productive heart of the North East, realized with a mix of photography, satellite images, objects, documents and interviews with the locals.

The Pedemontana Veneta is the largest public work currently under construction in Italy. Once completed, it will be 94km long and connect 36 municipalities between Vicenza and Treviso. But at what price?

In different locations, its construction has crossed through old landfills and uncovered toxic waste, threatening the biodiversity of these areas.

It has also dispossessed the lands of about 3,000 farms, with serious consequences for farmers and their families.

While the works are proceeding very slowly, this photographic project aims to be an observation of the impact that a huge public project can have on the landscape and the communities that inhabit it.

Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA is a journey on foot in 36 stages, in the productive heart of the North East, realized with a mix of photography, satellite images, objects, documents and interviews with the locals.

A careful exploration aimed at mapping a road which was born to unite, but ended up dividing.

Ongoing long-term personal project in collaboration with

Defrost Studio, bruno, Serena Gasparoni.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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Povegliano (TV), Italy, May 2019. Giorgio Begliorgio is one of the dispossessed by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy. Giorgio before the expropriation had a 5.000 square meters vineyard of Prosecco DOCG and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Mussolente (VI), Italy, February 2019. Antonio Faronato is one of the dispossessed by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy. Antonio before the expropriation had 12 hectares of land with corn, soy, wheat and 70 cows.

© Matteo De Mayda - Satellite Picture of the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta. Image by DeFrost Studio.
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Satellite Picture of the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta. Image by DeFrost Studio.

© Matteo De Mayda - Satellite Picture of the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta in Mussolente (VI). Image by DeFrost Studio.
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Satellite Picture of the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta in Mussolente (VI). Image by DeFrost Studio.

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Volpago del Montello (TV), Italy, June 2019. Margherita and Romano Montagner are one of the dispossessed families by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy. Margherita and Romano before the expropriation had a 3.000 square meters olive tree grove.

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Povegliano (TV), Italy, May 2019. Giorgio Begliorgio is one of the dispossessed by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy. Giorgio before the expropriation had a 5.000 square meters vineyard of Prosecco DOCG and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Mussolente (VI), Italy, February 2019. Antonio Faronato is one of the dispossessed by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy. Antonio before the expropriation had 12 hectares of land with corn, soy, wheat and 70 cows.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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Altivole (TV), Italy, February 2019. Osvaldo one of the dispossessed by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy. Osvaldo before the expropriation had a 5.000 square meters cultivation of organic kiwi.

© Matteo De Mayda - Satellite Picture of the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta in Altivole (TV). Image by DeFrost Studio.
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Satellite Picture of the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta in Altivole (TV). Image by DeFrost Studio.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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Riese Pio X (TV), Italy, June 2019. Margherita and Gianni Crespan are one of the dispossessed families by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy.

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Riese Pio X (TV), Italy, June 2019. Margherita and Gianni Crespan are one of the dispossessed families by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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Altivole (TV), Italy, February 2019. Osvaldo one of the dispossessed by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy. Osvaldo before the expropriation had a 5.000 square meters cultivation of organic kiwi.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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Riese Pio X (TV), Italy, June 2019. Margherita and Gianni Crespan are one of the dispossessed families by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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Vedelago (TV), Italy, May 2019. Evelino Signori is one of the dispossessed by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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Volpago del Montello (TV), Italy, June 2019. Margherita and Romano Montagner are one of the dispossessed families by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy. Margherita and Romano before the expropriation had a 3.000 square meters olive tree grove.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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On 3rd June 2019 the first 7 kilo- meters of the Pedemontana Veneta highway were inaugurated. Matteo Salvini (Deputy Prime Minister of Italy) and the governor of the Vene- to Luca Zaia were there to cut the ribbon of the first functional lot, be- tween Breganze and Thiene. The public work overall is over 94 kilometers long, its completion is scheduled for 2020. The excavations for the construction of the first section just opened started in 2014.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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On 3rd June 2019 the first 7 kilo- meters of the Pedemontana Veneta highway were inaugurated. Matteo Salvini (Deputy Prime Minister of Italy) and the governor of the Vene- to Luca Zaia were there to cut the ribbon of the first functional lot, be- tween Breganze and Thiene. The public work overall is over 94 kilometers long, its completion is scheduled for 2020. The excavations for the construction of the first section just opened started in 2014.

© Matteo De Mayda - Image from the Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta SPA photography project
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Altivole (TV), Italy, February 2019. Osvaldo one of the dispossessed by the Pedemontana Veneta Highway, the largest public work currently in construction in Italy. Osvaldo before the expropriation had a 5.000 square meters cultivation of organic kiwi.

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