One Euro Italy

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Project Statement

One Euro Italy: il grande spirito del paese piccoli  is Serge’s photographic project, which he would like to be different from traditional photojournalistic dramas. It is author’s visual representation of a natural phenomenon ‘cased by population migration from towns and villages to cities. The project is presented through author’s direct social engagement with people and collecting stories about those places. The author hopes it is a true portrayal of the essence and poetry of the vast part of Italy so often shadowed by its own incredible landmarks and majestic shorelines.

It all started in early 2017 with Serge being deeply worried about some dark destiny of small nearly abandoned Italian communities. He set out to find and photograph some beauty in that darkness, but he found something else. He found the beauty in the light. It was the light of people’s spirit.

On his next 4,600km trip through Italy, Serge went with the new goal – to reveal that great spirit of fabulous people, who still keep their tiny localities alive, delightful and welcoming, despite the fact they might be the last souls inhabiting these villages.

Since Italy already has more UNESCO heritage sites than any other country on Earth, it’s very unlikely any of those tiny charming communities will ever be added to the big list – one of the reasons author thinks they are endangered cultural and historical heritage our world can loose forever! In an effort to reverse that, some regional municipal governments made first steps towards preservation by starting “House for one euro” (www.casea1euro.it) program, which is now being supported by Italian government. While it is true that some properties in participating villages could be purchased for one euro, most of them are ruins in need of total restoration from the ground up. Not an easy task and no wonder there’s not too many potential buyers bidding on that kind of properties.

By showcasing the beauty of these places, the lifestyle, the love and care of people who live there, Serge puts up a wake up call to tell people that these are still an incredible communities to live, enjoy life, restore and save them. Because if we do nothing to preserve that heritage now, before too long many of them, if not all, will become ruins – “one euro” properties, in other words. Hence the name of Serge’s project.

The solo exhibition of project photographs was held from May 8th to 29th, 2018 at Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Columbus Centre, Toronto and was included in Open Exhibition Program of CONTACT Photography Festival.

Watch OMNI News Italian video about the exhibition HERE and the Exhibition Opening Reception video by Bruce Outridge Productions HERE.

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43°30’38.2”N 12°50’56.2”E; Cabernardi, Le Marche
Machinery hall of abandoned sulphur mine lies in ruins being slowly taken over by mother nature. Limited Edition photo print on lustre paper

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43°30’42.2”N 12°50’35.4”E; Cantarino, Le Marche

Ninety one year old Maria who lives alone in former miners’ village, talks about her experience with hip replacement surgery.

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43°29’40.7”N 12°50’35.0”E; Rotondo, Le Marche

Hamlet of Rotondo in Le Marche has about six inhabitants through most of the year.

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43°29’40.7”N 12°50’35.0”E; Rotondo, Le Marche

Wooden cross silently supports the statement on the plaque: Rotondo is the most beautiful village in the world.

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43°29’39.6”N 12°50’31.9”E; Rotondo, Le Marche

The wooden bench in someone’s yard at the end of Via dei Belli.

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43°29’40.7”N 12°50’35.6”E; Rotondo, Le Marche

A man with his dog at the door of a community kitchen, which hosts over a hundred people when Rotondesi visit from all over the world every August.

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43°29’40.7”N 12°50’35.6”E; Rotondo, Le Marche

Woman tries to reason with her neighbour’s pooch – a street performance worthy of La Scala stage.

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43°29’41.0”N 12°50’34.6”E; Rotondo, Le Marche

Bell tower and roof of Chiesa di San Cristoforo.

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44°38’20.4”N 9°10’22.8”E; Cartasegna, Ligure

Squeezed between mountain peaks in Piemonte sits this hamlet with an unknown population.

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44°37’04.9”N 9°10’31.9”E; Carrega Ligure, Ligure

The bell tower of Chiesa di San Giulianoand Cellular Network Tower compliment each other well in this village of only 84 people.

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44°36’47.9”N 9°10’56.7”E; Carrega Ligure, Ligure

Slippery pathway to the ruins of Castello Malaspina Fieschi Doria.

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44°31’29.8”N 9°14’51.1”E; Montebruno, Ligure

Stone bridge over the river Trebbia leads from the village centre to the Santuario di Nostra Signora.

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44°31’30.7”N 9°14’51.0”E; Montebruno, Ligure

This ruin next to the bridge over Trebbia could be someone’s chance to become a two hundred & forty first inhabitant of the village.

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44°31’32.8”N 9°14’52.5”E; Montebruno, Ligure

Pietro – the eldest son of Carlo and Ida Barbieri, pulls out a fresh loaf from their heritage wood fired oven.

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44°31’32.8”N 9°14’52.5”E; Montebruno, Ligure *(not for sale)

Ida is about to bring fresh baked bread upstairs to the shelves of their family store, with apricot jam pies to follow.

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44°31’32.8”N 9°14’52.5”E; Montebruno, Ligure

Ida and Carlo – the third generation of family owners at Panificio e Alimentari da Carlo.

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44°31’32.8”N 9°14’52.5”E; Montebruno, Ligure

A pie to die for from masters of wood fired bakery since 1886.

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44°31’33.7”N 9°14’48.5”E; Montebruno, Ligure *(not for sale)

Talented rock band drummer and carpenter Michelangelo is at full concentration in Yggdrasill – his family owned woodworking shop.

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44°31’33.7”N 9°14’48.5”E; Montebruno, Ligure *(not for sale)

Michelangelo’s girlfriend Sara, who moved to the village from Genova, decorates wooden box with pyrography.

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44°31’33.7”N 9°14’48.5”E; Montebruno, Ligure

Sergio – former mayor of Montebruno and Michelangelo’s father, is making sure everything runs smoothly.

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44°31’33.7”N 9°14’48.5”E; Montebruno, Ligure *(not for sale)

Due gufi (two owls): Sergio with his creation against the shop wall built in 16th century.

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44°31’33.7”N 9°14’48.5”E; Montebruno, Ligure *(not for sale)

Michelangelo and Sara in front of their shop.

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44°03’03.4”N 10°23’06.0”E; Vergemoli, Toscana

At 660 meters above the sea level, but only 45 km from Lucca – it’s a paradise for about 200 vergemolini.

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43°59’49.0”N 10°25’40.2”E; Fabbriche di Vergemoli, Toscana

Bell tower of San Giacomo Apostolo in village centre.

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43°59’47.4”N 10°25’28.1”E; Fabbriche di Vergemoli, Toscana

Federico the miller shows the chestnut cores he is about to mill.

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43°59’47.4”N 10°25’28.1”E; Fabbriche di Vergemoli, Toscana

Tossing the grains to separate shell flakes is proof that manual labour, pure nature and traditional way of living make people happy.

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43°59’47.4”N 10°25’28.1”E; Fabbriche di Vergemoli, Toscana

Federico’s old mill where stone grinders are still powered by water. 

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43°59’47.4”N 10°25’28.1”E; Fabbriche di Vergemoli, Toscana *(not for sale)

Signor Frati checks out who is talking to his wife Carla about the house next door, which is offered for one euro.

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43°59’47.4”N 10°25’28.1”E; Fabbriche di Vergemoli, Toscana

Stonework landscape next to Ponte della Dogana.

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43°59’47.1”N 10°25’40.0”E; Fabbriche di Vergemoli, Toscana

Ponte della Dogana and stone houses across the creek.

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44°00’44.5”N 10°35’05.4”E; Colle, Toscana

Snowy night in town of Bagni di Lucca.

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43°04’28.2”N 11°02’16.7”E; Boccheggiano, Toscana *(not for sale)

Pouring a glass of Montecucco to celebrate International Women’s Day in frozen and snow covered Toscana.

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43°03’16.2”N 10°53’19.8”E; near Boccheggiano, Toscana

La bella vista: typical Tuscan landscape and untypical cold spring.

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43°04’26.5”N 10°55’16.6”E; near Boccheggiano, Toscana

Aurelio, why are you still cooking at 77?– rephrasing the name of Aurelio’s own recipe book ”Io continuo a cucinare cosi…”

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43°07’48.7”N 11°01’01.2”E; Montieri, Toscana

Village centre at midnight.

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43°07’50.1”N 11°00’58.3”E; Montieri, Toscana

Chef Beppe puts up a pizza making show for little visitors of his Pizzeria il Baccanale.

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43°07’51.3”N 11°00’58.0”E; Montieri, Toscana

Piazza Antonio Gramsci and Palazzo Comunale in rain.

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43°07’51.3”N 11°00’58.0”E; Montieri, Toscana *(not for sale)

Architect Paolo Chialli, who lives in the village and supervises reconstruction projects, at work in his office.

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43°05’22.4”N 11°02’05.3”E; Boccheggiano, Toscana *(not for sale)

Massimo and his son Simone – owners of La Bottega di Lolini e Bianciardi, pose with their specialty products.

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43°08’36.5”N 10°50’40.7”E; Monterotondo Marittimo, Toscana

Matured in hay pecorino cheese held by his creator Mario.

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43°08’36.5”N 10°50’40.7”E; Monterotondo Marittimo, Toscana *(not for sale)

Mario Tanda, whose family farm is powered by geothermal energy and only uses milk from their own 1000 sheep flock.

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43°09’13.6”N 11°04’58.1”E; Chiusdino, Toscana

Standing next to God: scalpellino Michele Bruni creates his Eva.

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43°07’47.4”N 11°01’00.1”E; Montieri, Toscana

Two storey part of this medieval house is in need of new owner.

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43°07’47.4”N 11°01’00.1”E; Montieri, Toscana

Free bicycle for new owner of the place.

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43°07’45.3”N 11°00’56.6”E; Montieri, Toscana

Pathway to San Giacomo Apostolo which was built in XIII century.

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37°39’30.2”N 14°40’17.5”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

Regalbuto as seen between two stone walls of a farmhouse.

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37°39’30.2”N 14°40’17.5”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

Historic centre of the town.

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37°39’08.4”N 14°38’27.6”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

Municipal Palace, a researcher historian is being watched by Gian Filippo Ingrassia – XVI century star of medicine, while working with archival book.

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37°38’58.9”N 14°38’27.0”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

Chiesa di Santa Maria la Croce (facade).

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37°39’09.1”N 14°38’27.6”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

Chiesa di San Basilio (interior).

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37°39’09.1”N 14°38’27.6”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

Not so simple job sweeping floors of San Basilio under the most powerful, yet forgiving supervision from above.

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37°39’10.1”N 14°38’31.0”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

Reality check: ruins and natural beauty so close to each other.

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37°39’08.3”N 14°38’33.5”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

Ready for reconstruction, which starts with cost of un espresso.

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37°39’08.3”N 14°38’33.5”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

They just left… everything behind.

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37°39’06.0”N 14°39’19.3”E; Regalbuto, Sicily

Morning Etna: view from Rocca dei Saraceni Agriturismo.

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37°38’58.9”N 14°38’27.0”E; Regalbuto, Sicily *(not for sale)

Andrea, the best tour guide, who doesn’t speak English, but volunteers at the local tourist office, at his desk with pictures from Regalbuto’s Carnival.

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40°40’00.3”N 16°36’39.5”E; Matera, Basilicata

Layers of Matera: Sasso Barisano, Zona Centro, cieli.

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40°40’00.3”N 16°36’39.5”E; Matera, Basilicata

Nonna di Sasso invites for a walk.

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40°39’55.5”N 16°36’35.0”E; Matera, Basilicata

Conservatorio Statale di Musica holds the poster: Matera is the European Cultural Capital 2019.

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40°22’33.2”N 16°26’47.9”E; Craco, Basilicata

Craco: a once powerful city, now a ghost town and movie set.

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