Edition of 500
23 x 27 cm
Text by Attilio Gavini
Published by Witty Books, OCT 2021 ISBN 979-12-80177-09-4
"N" is a work that tells the duality of an Italian province and the link between this and a part of its inhabitants, in particular the generation of the thirty-year-olds. Young people with solid structures and formations that must confront (in a desperate search for the future and stability) with the dynamic provincials contemporary in which they are trapped, poised between going or staying, between the desire for a different future and the desire to not want to give up their country. Places where one is almost forced to live according to pre-established logics, dictated by a sort of rule superior that imposes a "normal" existence and prescribes "standard" behaviors, of a certain type of mentality: the perfect family, idyllic love, the annihilation of deep cultural values and the celebration of poor entertainment, the performance of a job without too many demands. Yeah, but what's normal?
Like a giant black hole, this place seems to suck. There is often a thin thread, sometimes imperceptible, but incredibly strong between a place of belonging and its inhabitants. And the ambitions? THE desires of growth for those who try to go out even slightly from the traditional existential patterns? The videos show that patina of apparent beauty as the dilated time of these places. The photographs instead, all equal radiographs, are a way to enter and observe what happens to the protagonists who live at the limits of a European suburb.
Iacopo Pasqui (b. 1984, Florence) is a photographer based in Italy, his work explores the relationship between man-nature-landscape and social dynamics.
He has published and collaborated with public and private organisations such as MiBact, IC-CD, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana G.Treccani, GAI, Einaudi, L'Espresso, magazines and journals such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Quarterly, Zeit Magazine, Volkskrant magazine.
He has participated in festivals and art residencies such as "Fotografia Europea" (Reggio Emilia, 2019) winning the prize "Giovane Fotografia Italiana #07", FOTOTEFSTIWAL Lodz (2021) and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions.