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Sasso Caveoso – Postcard from Matera

A vintage postcard portrays Sasso Caveoso, Matera. Photography becomes contemporary. Through a smartphone application, framing it, an abstract being materializes. Is it from another planet? Is it the result of a genetic mutation?
The work wants to focus on the exponential growth of pathological phenomena that is affecting the Basilicata region.

“In the heart of the Province of Potenza, where in 1989 the black gold of the largest terrestrial deposit made in Europe was discovered […] crude is pumped at a rate of 85 thousand barrels a day, thanks to 39 wells […] . Little Basilicata (just 575,000 inhabitants) covers 8 per cent of the national needs, but is lagging behind in Italy in terms of unemployment and development. ”

“The” Doctors for the Environment “association and the Istat reports tell an inverted picture of health: between 2011 and 2014 the death rate increased by 2 percent, in the same period in Corleto Perticara (less than 3 thousand inhabitants and two steps from the Tempa Rossa center) increased by 23 percent. According to Istat, between 2006 and 2013 the mortality rate from respiratory diseases rose by 14 percent across the country, instead rising to 29 percent in the two Lucanian provinces, despite having a minimal industrial production.

One last figure tells of an uncontaminated but dangerous region: in the province of Potenza the hospitalization rate for malignant cancer in males (between 0 and 14 years) increased by 48 percent between 2011 and 2014. ”

(Source: http://espresso.repubblica.it/inchieste 2016/04/08 / news / basilicata-between-oil-and-environmental-disaster-1.258171? Awc = 15069_1549116615_4ad05654b198ad705cbce78bc7e6f434 & source = AWI_DISPLAY # gallery-slider = undefined)

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MATERA BASILICATA EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2019

A vintage postcard portrays Sasso Caveoso, Matera. Photography becomes contemporary. Through a smartphone app, framing it, an abstract being materializes. Does it come from another planet? Is it the fruit of a genetic mutation?
The work wants to pay attention to the exponential growth of pathological phenomena that is affecting the region of Basilicata.

“In the heart of the Province of Potenza, where in 1989 it was discovered the black gold of the largest terrestrial field made in Europe […] is crude pumped at the rate of 85 thousand barrels per day, thanks to 39 wells [ …] “The small Basilicata (barely 575 thousand inhabitants) covers 8 percent of the national requirement, but is the Italian bottom for unemployment and development.”

“The association” Doctors for the environment “and the Istat reports tell a picture of upside-down health: between 2011 and 2014 the mortality rate grew by 2 percent, in the same period to Corleto Perticara (less than 3 thousand inhabitants and to two steps from the Tempa Rossa center) it increased by 23 per cent. According to Istat, between 2006 and 2013 the mortality rate for respiratory diseases rose by 14 per cent throughout the country, jumping at 29 in the two provinces of Basilicata, despite having a minimal industrial production.

A final fact tells of a pristine but dangerous region: in the province of Potenza the rate of hospitalization for malignant tumors in males (between 0 and 14 years) grew by 48 percent between 2011 and 2014. ”

(Source: http://espresso.repubblica.it/inchieste 2016/04/08 / news / basilicata-between-oil-and-environmental-disaster-1.258171? Awc = 15069_1549116615_4ad05654b198ad705cbce78bc7e6f434 & source = AWI_DISPLAY # gallery-slider = undefined)

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