L'industria della polvere
with essays by Giovanna Calvenzi, Carlo Nepi
2021, Embossed linen hardcover
with tipped-in image
Bilingual: Italian / English
24x29 cm, 80 pp.
Known as Isola d’Arbia’s "Tower of tomatoes", the former Idit plant (Tressa Island Dehydration Industry) represents in all respects an example of industrial archeology. At the gates of the Val d'Orcia, a Unesco World Heritage Site and inserted within a landscape that symbolizes Tuscany in the world, the silos of iron, glass and concrete, more than seventy meters high, stands in the center of the Via Francigena and can be observed from any panoramic point at the south of Siena. Representation of the great dream of economic boom in the early 60’s, the Torre Idit, today is part of the collective imagination of an Italy in recovery, ready to invest, sacrificing the more rooted and secular peasant culture of the Sienese countryside. Today, after fifty-five years, the industrial structure is part of the landscape heritage of southern Tuscany, but there is an open debate on the conservation and maintenance of an architectural skeleton in a state of neglect and decay. Carlo Vigni’s photographs aim to reopen a debate on its future.
(Siena, 1973) Italian photographer, his research focuses on the themes of human work and the traces it leaves in the landscape and architecture. In the last ten years, he has received many national and international awards and prizes, such as Prix de la Photographie Paris PX3, International Photography Awards and the Communication Arts Photography Award, to name but the most important Lürzer’s Archive has long numbered him among the world’s best 200 adv photographers.
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