Bronze 2019 / Portfolio / Personal

Utopia

  • Prizes
    Bronze in Portfolio/Personal
  • Photographer
    Attilio Bixio

In Basilicata, Italy, in the 50s of the 20th century, an extensive land reform took place: many pieces of land were given to the workers. Some villages were built to be self-sufficient: they had school, cinema, church, post office, police station, prison, clinic and even train station. It was a great utopia, but after some years the small farms and the villages were almost all abandoned. Now the area is an endless wheat field, with few isolated houses, with no roads to reach them. They give life to a minimal scenery, with few signs of human activity: a house, a tree, and the sky. Nothing else.

I live in Potenza, where I work as a green building engineer. My attention is directed mainly to urban photography, architecture and also landscape, in which I'm always searching for traces of human presence. I often focus on spaces that can tell us something about people living and using them, also if they could appear estethically uninteresting. I have a minimalist approach to the world of photography. Simplicity for me it is a value. My works have been exhibited in Cracow (Poland), Essex Junction (USA), Florence, Trieste, Potenza and other places in Italy.