United by what divides us
Dates2021 - Ongoing
- Locations Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia
United by what divides us is a photographic storytelling project along the Italian land border. This portfolio is partial and summarizes the first part of the work done along the border between Italy and France.
We are the children of the longest period of peace and freedom in the history of Europe, however, in the last year and a half the theme of the border has returned powerfully in our lives and we have found ourselves forced, in addition to facing closures and constraints, to develop a new social, emotional, affective grammar.
Separation contains something deep and partly inaccessible: the limit, and the difficulty (or impossibility) of crossing it. Beyond the threshold there is the other, be it man/woman, a place, nature, the context in which we live, ourselves through the mirror or in another time.
As a seam joins and distinguishes two pieces of fabric, every border, internal or external, divides and joins different elements and teaches how relationships can be built. Every physical and tangible barrier is the projection of an internal barrier, and an implicit invitation to know it, to accept it, and, when possible and constructive, to go around it, if not to break it down.