Story of A Ghost Island – A Sicilian reportage

No other island in the Mediterranean Sea is as vast and fertile as Sicily. Its strategic position and the advantageous weather led several populations to invade, conquer and exploit the island. The meeting of different cultures led to the complex, multifaceted reality of the Sicilian identity. History, nature and warm people make the island such a unique place, an oasis of flavours, sounds and charm of all sorts.

Story of a Ghost Island is a collection of photographs taken between 2011 and 2021 throughout the island. The images document the daily life in small Sicilian towns and remote sea villages where buildings are barely standing. Old people and young kids seem to be the most frequent subjects encountered. Where does the Sicilian youth go?

This body of work is a visual commentary on a sense of pacific abandon and mystery that characterizes Sicily. It is a project exploring deeply personal themes such as age, desolation, innocence and relationship with nature. It is the celebration of the untold and underrated uniqueness of being Sicilian.

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