In the series UNTITLED by photographer Ludovica De Santis, we are immersed in a journey through the soul of the Italian province. This extraordinary series finds its roots in Daniele Vazquez‘s Manual of Psychogeography, a book that opened new horizons for the photographer and significantly shaped her approach to this project.
Psychogeography, first defined in 1958, explores the effects of geographic environment on human behavior and emotions. This concept has become the lifeblood of “UNTITLED,” guiding Ludovica De Santis’s creativity and vision. The series does not focus on external action but rather on the internal perception of things. It starts from the psychological and existential conditions of the people living in the Italian province, exploring their mental challenges and daily emotions.
The primary goal of this series is to capture the underlying connection between the geography of a region and the mental health of the people who inhabit it. It investigates to what extent the geographic configuration of a place can influence the human psyche and how the characteristic phenomena of rural areas can be analyzed through the lens of the relationship between space and mind.
UNTITLED aims to convey to the audience the state of inertia, emptiness, and loneliness that often pervades the Italian province. Through the images, the artist conveys the sense of immobility that has always characterized these regions and denounces social isolation as one of the main causes of this condition. As De Santis states: «The loneliness one feels in the province, those from the city cannot understand.»
This series of photographs offers an intimate look into life in the Italian province, inviting the audience to reflect on the complex interaction between geographic environment and mental state. UNTITLED is a work of art that challenges preconceived perceptions and encourages a deeper consideration of the connection between space and mind in rural communities, bringing to light the nuances and challenges that often escape the casual observer.
Ph. courtesy Ludovica de Santis