‘Postcards from Giarre’ investigates unfinished public works in Giarre, my hometown, a small city in Sicily (Southern Italy) that counts about 28.000 inhabitants, popular as the ‘capital’ of unfinished.
The series focuses onthe very peculiar phenomenon occurred between the sixties and the eighties known as ‘Incompiuto’ (Unfinished). It is the result of incorrect planning, political corruption, premeditated management failures among other factors that contributed to the birth of these ‘contemporary ruins’.
What remains is a surreal urban landscape, full of giants concrete buildings left unfinished and abandoned. Big dreams and promises that never became true. The massive unfinished Polo field looms over the town, the carcass of a pyramid lies in the middle of a children park, the unfinished swimming pool, slowly being repossessed by nature, hides from the sight becoming the perfect space for illicit activities. The theatre, started in 1956, is still in progress, waiting for an audience to walk through the door.
The project is a journey through the legacy of our landscape and how it affects our perception of the past. It is also a provocative and humorous attempt to give life to these denied spaces. Locals were involved in the scenes re-enacting potential activities that these places were meant for. In the meantime, they are stuck in the wait.