America's Corners - 168 Days in the U.S.
As a flâneur from 19th century, I wandered in the streets of Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City, in search of inspiration. I intended to record through photography my personal experience as a foreigner living daily the urban space of the American cities in the Trump era. 168 days was the exact time of my stay in the United States, between September 2017 and April 2018, that allowed me to reflect on the new unfamiliar context and on my own individual, national and transnational, multiple identities. During this trip, I observed the US with foreign eyes, exploring differences and similarities with the old continent. From the East to the West coast, I noted how much places and landscapes can be different: I paid attention to the changes in climate, to the shades of light and the various architectures in which people constantly shape their own existence. However, I also discovered a European unity that I thought. I found myself captivated by the anthropomorphic and industrial landscape of these cities, and a particular urban object struck me: the street corner. To my European eyes, street corners seem to embody North American culture at best. They mark a specific way of organizing urban space and express a unique identity. In their effort to catch the glaze of any passenger coming from all the directions, corners with multiple billboards and neon signs represent a sort of capitalistic anxiety, an entrepreneurial way of life of the city itself, with its own pace and shape. Their nature challenges European classical concepts of urbanism and subvert regular notions of facade and perpendicular prospects. Street corners are everyday objects: they can go unnoticed by accustomed routes but they always remain inevitable crossroads in the individual experience of the city.
Telling my experience in the US through photography has been stimulating and object of reflection. I met people from an unusual perspective. I portrayed natural and urban landscapes, peripheries, skyscrapers, desertic areas, metropolises e small town.
The United States, melting pot of cultures and lives…among these also my life. God bless America!