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 returned again throughout my early 20s. The landscape exposes 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 was not unmet with resistance. I am told, Matera was a hot bed of political and social activism in post WWII Italy.