curated by Alessandro Dandini de Sylva
<em>curated by Alessandro Dandini de Sylva</em>
Commissioned by Ghella, a company specialized in underground excavations, the images on display were made between 2019 and 2020 in five construction sites in Europe, the Far East and Oceania.
Views of cities and construction sites alternate with archaeological finds, core drilling and excavator components, while spectacular explosions are in a dialogue with forests and rock formations: the size, structure and physicality of the spaces, machinery and excavation materials convey the complexity of the construction site infrastructure and its nature as an organism in constant evolution.
Fabio Barile‘s work on the railway tunnel that will connect Oslo to Ski juxtaposes images of intricate natural and artificial systems such as coniferous forests, construction site views and new urbanisations. Andrea Botto‘s photographs, taken in the tunnel that will unite Italy and Austria under the Brenner Pass, document the activity of the stoker culminating in the spectacular explosion of the excavation face. Marina Caneve‘s images of the underground line that will connect Athens airport to the port of Piraeus show the relationship between the city, contemporary design and historical memory. Alessandro Imbriaco‘s cphotographs, illustrating details of the huge machines used to dig the tunnels that run under Sydney Bay, evoke atmospheres reminiscent of space exploration. Francesco Neri‘s sequence of the first underground in Hanoi depicts the construction site as a zone of conflict and challenges the chaotic and organic environments of the city.