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PORTRAITS OF A LAND  

This is a photography book.
Andrea Ferrante, Fabiana De luca
 
This is a photography book. This is a book of photographs, talent and nostalgia. It is a book of gazes, there are people who look, capture and imprint, and people who look offering themselves to someone else’s eyes. Not a word. The language of images doesnot need words. Maybe even mine, now, are unnecessary. But yet I have to say a thing, rather two, because two are the reasons behind my choice. Why photography; why Abruzzo.
 
When I was a boy, I was seduced by the art of photography, by its silent speaking.
In front of that still image, silent, motionless, I was deeply perturbed; that imagine passed through me, flooded me, raised me and crushed me, it shook me and petrified me. That still image, silent and motionless, moved me. Fixity in expansion, today I still consider it an expression that reminds me what I knew and what I still don’t know. A dense text, dense of meanings, so dense that I get lost, and by getting lost, I find myself again.
 
This book was born from a gaze, from my humble gaze at my country and its people: ‘Genti d’Abruzzo1. I love this expression, because it brings within it the idea of a common origin, the consciousness of a profound commonality. Genti d’Abruzzo share the same nature, the same language, the same sounds, smells, visions; and so Genti d’Abruzzo nourish their identity, drinking from the original source, without the need to tell each other, sometimes even without being aware, until, far away, nostalgia comes to visit them. That painful wish of coming back to the starting place.
But my gaze alone could not have told all the things that I wanted to say; and here it is, to the rescue, the talent of other gazes, asked to tell the talent of those Genti d’Abruzzo, born here and then left, or still here dwelling. Humble and special people, dignified and proud, just as their land.
 
This book witnesses dedication and care but also hard work; it is sustained by the will of showing something beautiful, that is ours and everyone’s, and it is projected towards a utopia: that art can be tout court art, released from being functional to the market with its utilitarian logic. I like to believe that this book can witness that it is possible to diverge. Diverging from the single model, from the internalization of wanting to please, abdicating their own authenticity and truth.
 
 
1 That’s how people from Abruzzo are generally referred to.

 
 
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