Terra Nostra is a photo essay about Sicily and its tormented coexistence with Mafia. With my photographs I show the open scars and the permanent damages inflicted from Cosa nostra on a territory poisoned by corruption and the underworld rule. My intention is to focus on the unresolved relation with Mafia, the dark side of Sicily and how this translates on the abnormal becoming routine, from the daily withdrawals to a more characteristic sense of resignation that pervades several aspects of Sicilian society. As the title suggests Terra Nostra which literally translates to “Our Land” is a plea to take back what belong to all of us, to invest our common efforts in stepping out of the shadow and claim back our land.
To me Terra Nostra is an endeavour to focus back on the state of things in Sicily, where decades of abuse have marked permanently the territory and have normalised the state of emergency. My work highlights the features of those complex and often unintelligible dynamics that together define the dark side of Sicily, its self-neglect and the institutional lethargy that has contributed to immobilise large portions of political and economic life in the region.