Maria Luigia Gioffre, MA Contemporary Photography: Practices and Philosophies, CSM
reflects on her recent AER Residency at Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Italy
Silence, solitude and the sight facing just right on a concave mountain. Farmers were working on the grape harvest. Among them, somebody still knows that autumn is a ritual of gods: he talks about esoteric theatre and hazelnut trees, sacred in Celtic tradition. I was standing, listening like a child to his grandfather. Where are our grandparents? Do you really know how to make a cake or do you google it? And again silent. After all, the finitude needs silence to be acknowledged and taken in responsibility as awareness of living and this was a residency on dying. For three days I got surprised by the sunset. If nature can be a landscape that could be read linguistically, there was the voice at its pure state.