Matera 2004

Photographing in Matera, Southern Italy has been consistently and most instructive to me in understanding that vision through the camera is commentary. Studying the sociopolitical and architectural history of Matera from 1950 to the present has been an intellectual and artistic project–––perhaps closer to my heart than any endeavor. I first traveled there when I was 15 and in my early 20s I began returning every few years.

The landscape exposes/expresses its history, cultural politics and problematic dynamics of power that have characterized so many 19th century reform movements where, the study of society was transformed into control of societies, but also, how control and misuse of force is not unmet with resistance and reclamation.