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Ottana

 
Pietro Mele (1976) lives and works in Sardinia, Milan and Berlin.

My work deals with matters linked to my geographical and cultural origins, through I reflect on the concepts of change, development and progress in our society. All my videos are set in Sardinia*, a place where the process of modernization has been done in a way so sudden that old balances consolidated over the centuries were destroyed in a handful of decades, without providing the tools needed to metabolize this change. I try to register the effects of this change maintaining an approach as phenomenological and objective as possible. In the meantime, I talk also of myself, because, of course, I live this diatribe former.

In Ottana it is dawn. A caravan of men on horseback is slowly swallowed by a factory poisons. This video was set in Sardinia and is a reflection on the impact of the industrial pole of Ottana (1960, in “the green heart of the island”) had on the surrounding area, both environmentally and in social point of view. Ottana is the name of a small village near the factory, in which many inhabitants die of cancer every year and most people have abandoned their usual jobs related to agriculture and pastoralism.

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