Remapping the movements towards the uncharted, as well as, the untraveled and the unfamiliar, the project and then we saw land (2013) questions the experience of the archetypal journey as a quest for the remote origins. Inspired by the book The Discoverers by writer Daniel J. Boorstin (1983), the project, which initially born as an attempt to question and prove the limits of humans’ presence on Earth, finally converted itself into a deeper investigation onto social and historical processes and imagery.
The artwork has been divided into four chapters: “The Americans, brief history of a voyage back and forth”, “Native American types of women – Native American types of men”, “Southern Hemispheres” and “Scenes of ancient days” and has been conceived as a multi-layered installation with the aim to explore, examine and revisit the theme of the ‘New World’. A selection of old documentary photographs and comparative studies from the collection of the American Museum Journal has been used along with personal family’s documentation and sources collected over a one year period whilst traveling through South America, in the attempt to propose a personal reflection concerning the Age of Discovery and the appropriation of the unknown land as a challenge for civilization. Images have been appropriated, manipulated and rearranged in order to provide a personal system of ‘classification of mankind’, interventions on the photographic paper have been used to investigate traces left by human’s passage on earth. The project aims to be an investigation of origins, tradition and culture, which offer at the same time the possibility to reconsider the role of photography as the ultimate proof of reality.