Entry Title: "ma | re"
Name: Roberto Pireddu , Italy
Category and Expertise: Book(Self-published), Non-Professional


Entry Description: Poetto is the town beach of Cagliari (Italy). It's always been the flagship of the city, with its white sand and its “casotti”, buildings like little beach houses, removed during Eighties. At their place, along the 8 kilometers of dark sand, currently, disharmonic beach resorts alternate with crumbling structures. Years ago, an unscrupulous attempt, trying to restore the old white sand, has changed color and grain size of the strand creating a coast made by dark and coarse sand. People of Cagliari who has knew the real beauty of the Poetto compare with what it was and what it's now.

Story: ma | re (in english "mare" means "sea") Poetto is the town beach of Cagliari, the largest and most populous urban centre of Sardinia. This beach has always been the flagship of the city, with its fine and thin white sand and its “casotti”, little buildings midway between an hanging room and a little beach house, removed at the end of Eighties. At their place, along the 8 kilometers and more of dark sand, currently, disharmonic beach resorts alternate with crumbling structures abandoned to themselves. Few years ago, furthermore, an unscrupulous attempt, trying to restore the old superfine white sand typical of the beach, has changed color and grain size of the strand creating a coast made by dark and very coarse sand. Between the simple and infinite greatness of the sea and men's action who often, from ten years about on this coast, mean mess and decline, people of Cagliari who has knew the real beauty of the Poetto compare with what it was and what it is now.

About the Artist:

Born on October, 5th 1984 in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy) and currently based in Bologna. At a very young age he started to draw, so the pencil become actually a loyal partner used to create art, and not an instrument of torture to work in surveying world. Then, as years went by, his drawing style changed, slowly abandoning the pastels to concentrate solely on the black and white creations. Roberto has encountred the World of Photography about four years ago and the monochrome has quickly became his natural habitat. Thanks to some of his masters, especially Winogrand, Erwitt, Friedlander e Doisneau, he promptly met what is now generally called “street photography”. His photographs have been shown in many personal and collective exhibitions inside the main Sardinian art galleries, national galleries like Venezia, San Marino, Padova, Salerno, Taranto and abroad in countries like France, Thailand, South Korea and Malta. Among his works, it’s possible to mention “ma | re”, an intimate description of one governative-naturalistic scandal, which had a huge impact on the all city of Cagliari (Capital of Sardinia). This photographic story shows the drama of Poetto Beach, a corner of Paradise on Earth, now going through a depressing state of abandon. Roberto, thanks to this work, has won the 1st place category “Books – Non Professional” and being also nominated as a finalist in “Discovery of the Year Award” at the “IPA International Photography Awards 2015”, the 2nd place category “Special: Open Theme – Non Professional” at the “ND Neutral Density Awards 2015”, the 3rd place in “People choice – Non Professional” category “Book Proposal – Documentary” at the “PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2015” and he has been awarded with a “Honorable Mention – Book Documentary” at the “MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2015”.