I have engaged in a visual and anthropological journey through Detroit and Torino, two (former?) centers of the automotive industry that have experienced de-industrialization and that are attempting to forge a better future, at least partly through the arts and culture.
My first step is to take "modernist" images with the aim to re-present and interpret the multifaceted visual identity of two urban settings that share some uncanny similarities but that are, more obviously, very different from one another. You can follow my journey by clicking on
These classical portraits then become the bases for my attempt to bring Detroit and Torino in direct contact and clashing, through the layering and intertwining of two images, in a process similar to the technique and artifacts we call
palimpsests A palimpsest is a writing material, parchment especially since antiquity, which, because of its value and durability, was reused several times, by scraping away a text and writing a new one on it. The word also stands, metonymically, for any object that preserves visible traces of its earlier form.
In both Detroit and Turin destroying, preserving, rebuilding, and repurposing are complex projects, at time successful, at times not, and at times controversial and questionable. As necessary and creative as this process may be, it entails the erasing and rewriting of the two cities' own selves. I have chosen palimpsests to create surprising and estranging visual renditions of its possible outcomes.