Archipelago is a
trilogy created in the span of five years exploring eco-communities immersed in the European natural landscape. Reconnection with nature, spirituality and sexuality are the interwoven elements shaping the work, which portrays communities whose lifestyle contrast the narrative of commodity culture. Islands
reshaping new forms of political resistance, based on the concept of creating a
new system that makes the old one obsolete, a process that passes through
self-sustainability and participation to a communitarian and local economy.
communities, located in England, Spain, Portugal and Italy, explored in the project stem from a diverse yet common wave of
historical and political movements such as the New Age, the student movements
of the 70’s and more recent environmental activist groups.
The work, developed
between 2014 and 2019, started as a research on self-sustainability and
progressively extended its focus on communities practicing free love and
sexuality and others founded on spirituality. Archipelago maps a group of
otherwise unconnected communities as a method to blend a diverse range of themes and questioning a
possible interconnection between these spheres of life, yet suggesting a mosaicked and fictional image of an utopian society that integrates and researches these fundamental aspects of human existence.
Chapter 1: The Biotopes
The Biotopes explores three eco-communities: Tinker’s Bubble and Yorkley Court Community Farm in England and Tamera in Portugal. Communities that live in a bonding interdependence with their natural surroundings, applying techniques of permaculture, water retention landscapes and forestation. I approached these communities by volunteering and spending two months in each place, adapting to their lifestyles and contributing to the daily activities. The Biotopes was developed with a field camera forcing me to drastically slow down the pace of my photographic practice and matching the pace of my subjects who follow the slow cycles of nature.
Chapter 2: The Valley
The Valley approaches the themes of free love and sexuality within an eco-village laboratory secluded in the Spanish Sierra Nevada named Valle de Sensaciones. The attendants of such valley are people from all walks of life, keen to explore taboo topics that mainly remain confined within the realm of pornography and sex clubs. This second chapter was developed with use of a thermal camera, allowing discretion and secrecy of the persons’ identities while trying to break that connotation between images of sex and pornography, but to rather embrace an abstract and pictorial aesthetic.
Chapter 3: The Mountain