A failed utopia

PhotographerAttilio Bixio
Prize3rd Place in Editorial / Photo Essay and Feature Story
City/CountryPotenza, Italy
Photo DateMay, June 2017
Entry Description

In Basilicata, south Italy, a large "land reform" was made by the Government in the 50's of the last century, whereby many fields were assigned to agricultural workers that didn't own any. It was quite a social utopia, but afterwards the small farmhouses they built were almost all abandoned, and now the area is a large expanse of wheat fields, with few lonely houses, some of them collapsed. Nevertheless, all of them appears such as they have always been part of the surrounding landscape. They create minimal and graphical landscapes, where you will only see a few signs of the human life, such a plowed field with an abandoned farmhouse or a tree. And the sky. Nothing else.

About Photographer

I live in Potenza, Italy, where I work as an engineer in the green building field. The focus of my personal photographic research is on urban and natural landscape and architecture where I?m always looking for traces of human activity. Even places can tell us something about people living there, beyond their appearances. I showed my works in solo and collective exhibitions in various places in Italy: Trieste, Florence, Potenza, Venosa and San Benedetto del Tronto and I won several international prizes