My work is often concerned with Sicilian culture and sense of loss, referencing mythologies and ancient archetypical tales. With an attentive look at the idea of failed encounters, I am undertaking an exhaustive journey into this notion and trying to understand which objects and spaces men usually use to search something that in reality can never be found. This melancholic state, in which it is possible to experience this sense of loss, without ultimately knowing what has been lost in the first place, constitutes the very foundation of my work. Experimenting with different photographic approaches, the materialization of this lost desired object is what I ultimately try to capture in my photographs.
I believe in the power of comparative methodology, thus my photographic studies always involve historical, philosophical and semiotic studies combined. I am deeply interested in how the meaning of symbols change over centuries to adjust to contemporary society.
Key theorists that have influenced my practice include Aby Warburg, George Didi-Huberman, Umberto Eco, Otto Friedrich Bollnow and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. These have contributed to my development and understanding of my own need to re-elaborate the historical and mythological into a contemporary language.
My passion for cinema and staged photography, led me to also work as unit still photographer and to intern for two production companies, in the past years.
I'm currently pursuing a master's degree in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London.