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A Third Landscape?
The Alps form both a natural and a cultural landscape, place of a diversity which is not only biological but also cultural.
Back in the 60′s and 70′s, a widespread wealth along with the exploits of a group of Italian athletes, known as the “Italian Landslide”, set the basis for an economic development model which revealed it’s unsustainability.
Ski-oriented tourism was introduced as the unique solution to the depopulation and impoverishment process that took place around the alps. This model led to the construction of hundreds of facilities, many of which, for various reasons, are nowadays abandoned.
“A Third Landscape?” is a photo-essay on the region and on the consequences of the mono-culture of ski-tourism.
Beyond the direct journalistic value – related to the localization of these remote sites and the collection of their history – the approach and the synthesis of this research would suggest an open-mindedness between different points of view.On one side, the idealistic views of the contemporary citizen, re-educated to the principles of the green-economy, and, on the other side, the secularized views of the mountaineer who interacts with his environment in a natural resource-threat dynamic.
Within this confrontation Clement’s vision opens a third way, full of questioning, to an understanding of the forces which shape our landscape.
Giuseppe Moccia was born in Naples in 1978. He grew up in Rome and completed his studies in Milan with a Master Degree in International Economics.
Giuseppe started as a freelance photographer collaborating with some of the main international press agencies like Associated Press and EPA among the others.
In 2007 he started a personal project on people affected by down syndrome which received international recognitions such as the “Photoespana-Ojodepez Human Value Award” and the “Flashforward” for Emerging Photographers of the Magenta Foundation (Canada). “I Love too Much”, which followed up the photo-essay “The Wednesday Kid”, is his first attempt with cinematography. Giuseppe is now working on a project on the changes of the anthropic landscape in Italy.