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Silver 2019 Portfolio / Personal

Utopia

  • Photographer
    Attilio Rocco Bixio

In Basilicata, Italy, in the 50s of the 20th century, an extensive land reform took place: many pieces of land were given to the workers. Some villages were built to be self-sufficient: they had school, cinema, church, post office, police station, prison, clinic and even train station. It was a great utopia, but after some years the small farms and the villages were almost all abandoned. Now the area is an endless wheat field, with few isolated houses, with no roads to reach them. They give life to a minimal scenery, with few signs of human activity: a house, a tree, and the sky. Nothing else.

I live in Potenza, Italy, where I work as an engineer in the green building field. The focus of my personal photographic research is on urban and natural landscape and architecture where I?m always looking for traces of human activity. Even places can tell us something about people living there, beyond their appearances. I showed my works in solo and collective exhibitions in various places in Italy: Trieste, Florence, Potenza, Venosa and San Benedetto del Tronto and I won several international prizes