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Thu, March 28, 2024

18:00 – 19:30

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy

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A conversation with Simone Donati, moderated by Jacopo Santini.

Varco Appennino is an exploration of the inner areas of the Italian Southern Apennines, those hidden, remote, away from the clichés that often characterize this part of the country. The work is a dialogue with the “Apennine Vocabulary” of the Irpinian poet and writer Franco Arminio, and develops from the often repeated phrase addressed to me by the inhabitants of the small villages I visited: “There is nothing here! Why do you come here?” I traveled through the mountain ranges that from Calabria cross Basilicata, Campania and Molise, up to the border with Abruzzo. I worked on the complexity and contradictions contained in this often rich and fertile “nothing”, from a historical and present point of view. A nothingness made of landscapes and history, of gestures and intimacy, of inhabited countryside and slowness, of unfinished buildings as melancholic memories of failed dreams.

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Simone Donati


Simone Donati (1977) was born in Florence where he lives and works. He is one of the founders of TerraProject collective which has been working on social, political and environmental issues in Italy and abroad since 2006. His photography mainly focuses on Italian territory, with long-term documentary projects where slowness and depth are the basis. His research is characterized by the study of the landscape and its relationship with the people. With “Varco Appennino”, published by Witty Books in 2021, he pursued an exploration of the inland areas of the southern Italian Apennines for 4 years. His images are exhibited in Italy and abroad and are published by major Italian and foreign magazines such as Internazionale, Io Donna, La Repubblica, L’Espresso, Le Monde Magazine, Newsweek Japan, The Washington Post, Sette and Vanity Fair.