Un passaggio is a project that took place in 2015 from february 24th to march 10th, between the towns of Luzzara and Reggio Emilia, following an invitation from Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli e Walter Guadagnini to carry out a project to be later exposed in the Fotografia Europea festival located in Reggio Emilia. The project originates from two of the concepts that are the basis of this year’s festival: the idea of people and the concept of archive. Un Passaggio aims at creating an inventory of a town and its people, considering people and town as a complex union of homes. The result is a mass registry and a classification of separate homes.
This project is structured into three parts: the photographs taken in Luzzara, a village in the Emilia Romagna region, in which the essay Un Paese by Cesare Zavattini and Paul Strand was realized between 1953 and 1955. Then there are the photographs shot in the town of Reggio Emilia, and those taken along the road that from Luzzara takes to Reggio Emilia, which I walked down led by Google Maps, which in the end is an archive and catalog at the same time.
This project, that walk, that experience, the act of observing and shooting pictures, it all becomes recognition and personal inventory of being, coming back to see things and homes. The book Un Paese was published in 1955; Un Passaggio takes the form of an exhibition and of a 1956-page long volume. On the book cover there is a painting by the Reggio Emilia painter Gino Gandini (1912-2002). The exhibition opens on May 5, 2017 in the Chiostri di San Domenico, Reggio Emilia.
1956 black and white images
18,7 cm x 27,5 cm
Cover by Gino Gandini
Pubished on June 2017
Fotografia Europea festival. Reggio Emilia, Italy