Archipelago (2014 - 2019)

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 lifestyles 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.
The five 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.

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