The Maha Kumbh Mela of Allahabad, India, is the largest religious festival on the planet. It is a spaceship that has crossed the history of mankind, traveling for thousands of years, and reaching the present day like itself. For the Maha Kumbh Mela of Allahabad, nearly one hundred million pilgrims, ascetics and holy men from the most remote corners of India arrived in the city of Uttar Pradesh.
In the Wild World of Writers.
A selection of ninety-nine portraits of Italian writers and writers made in the context of a long-term project. Became an exhibition already exhibited in Rome (Palazzo delle Esposizioni), Pordenone (Palazzo della Provincia), Venice (Forte Marghera) and Padova (Villa Contarini).
Survivors of Modernity. Visions from Past Worlds.
Westerners commonly assume about our planet that it is a place where modernity, with its baggage of advanced technologies and homologated and homologating cultural models, has unquestionably had the upper hand over the tribal world, with its ancient traditions handed down from generation to generation for millennia. In fact, in almost all the continents, there are many pockets of irreducible resistance to the unrelenting planetary progress, and thereof common understanding of it, which seem to radically contradict this distressing vision.
Gaza Hospital. Beirut, Lebanon.
In what is known as the Sabra and Chatila massacre, in 1982 in Beirut, the Falangist Christian-Maronite militias, supported by the Israeli army, brutally killed around 4,000 Palestinian civilians in the Chatila refugee camp. During the slaughter, all the Palestinian doctors and paramedics working in the nearby Gaza Hospital were also eliminated. Today these crumbling palaces host the last of the last, Palestinians but also Lebanese, who cannot afford a home even within a refugee camp.
Bali. Ancient Gods Garden.
Spirituality and tradition on the Indonesian island. A journey through the hundreds of Hindu temples, its spectacular religious ceremonies, the beauty of the ancient settlements. A country where spirituality still represents a fixed point in the life of its inhabitants.
Nuer Tribe. Living on the Border.
Along the banks of the African river Baro, at the edge of the border between Ethiopia and South Sudan, an ethnic group lives far from the tourist circuit. In villages perennially enveloped by the smoke of burnt dung, which keeps malar-bearing mosquitoes away, the Nuer raise livestock and practice subsistence farming.
Omo River Valley Tribe. War Against Time.
Pressed by a growing tourist flow, the people who live in this remote corner of Ethiopia are the bearers of a thousand-year-old tribal knowledge. In what is probably the cradle of the evolution of man, shepherds or gatherers survive as living fossils of ancient and now often extinct human cultures.
Kolkata (India) Informal Workers.
In India, in cities like Kolkata, more than half of the workforce is made up of "informal workers". A nineteenth-century universe of non-rights and ever-expanding exploitation, men, women, often children, invisible and at the same time constantly exposed on the streets of the metropolis with harassment and violence. An underground economy that very often represents the real desperate engine of so many Asian "economic miracles".
Roma People by Sharra Dumpsite. Tirana, Albania.
Near the Sharra landfill, on the outskirts of Tirana (Albania) lives a desperate community of Romani people, a hundred of whom, mostly children and women, work to collect and select waste. In the village situated opposite the landfill, some of them live in crumbling slums, without running water, with a small bar nearby which represents, for those who can afford it, the only point of aggregation for the community.
Wild Donegal. Ireland.
A journey into the nature of the wildest Irish county. Cliffs overlooking the sea, deserted and uncontaminated fjords, rivers and lakes with crystal clear but amber waters. Small fishing villages on the coast, where time seems to have stopped. a hundred years ago.
In India, in the city on the Ganges inhabited for over 4,000 years. It is considered by Hindus the "door of Paradise" of Shiva, through which all those who are cremated in its famous "burning ghats" can pass. Prayers, trade, ablutions, along the banks of the river and in the old city the true millennial India continues to live regardless of tourism and modernity