O' POST MIO

+ OMAGGIO

Francesca Leonardi


Finalist for the 2020 PARIS PHOTO – APERTURE PHOTOBOOK AWARDS

With the patronage of Amnesty International
Texts by Francesca Leonardi e Renata Ferri

‘O Post Mio is an eight-year photographic work in which Francesca Leonardi followed the life of Claudia, a woman who, together with her two daughters, has occupied a house in Parco Saraceno. Parco Saraceno is located in Villagio Coppola, in Castel Volturno, near Naples.
In the 1960s, when Villaggio Coppola was built, destroying a rich pinewood forest, it was the largest illegal urban agglomeration in Europe.

«Claudia's life resembles the fate of this pine forest. On her body have been poured flows of violence and marginalization that have transfigured her life. Through her life, the author tried to recount how a territory can determine a person’s life. Images of external and internal landscapes are alternated to show the continuity of the unauthorized building that enters the life of a family, how these signs affected their choices.

The book, divided into two parts, has on one side the photographic part with the images of these 8 years, interspersed with scans of images from Claudia's past. On the other side a booklet containing Claudia’s story told through the author’s experience and words. In this way, Francesca Leonardi tried to blend past and present together, trying to bring out how Claudia's present, apparently so daring and casual, is tightly conditioned by her childhood, the abandonment by her parents, the incessant search for a family balance she never had.

16 x 21 cm
182 pages
77 photos
text ita/eng
Clothbound hardcover with swiss binding
Printing Grafiche Antiga
ISBN 978-88-31363-06-8
March 2020

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Cover Price: € 35,00

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