Text by Sandro Iovine
Those of my generation, but also many of those belonging to later ones, have grown up surrounded by the mythicized image of Hollywood stereotypes of the Far West. Wild places, where life was governed by simple rules that were often reduced, in our imagination, to the speed with which a gun was pulled out of its holster. All surrounded by immense spaces, at least for us as Europeans, mostly semi-deserted, populated only by thorns, stones and wild horses.
Following these evocative images, it may happen to find part of these teenage dreams just a few steps away from home. Here too, in the local countryside, we can find stones and horses, and the low population density of the Marmilla region, in the province of Oristano, amplifies the spaces where farmers run small businesses near Mogoro. As in a ranch in the far west, also here, life is made of hard work and the animals are part of the family. So, when you visit them you really have the feeling that the landscape, the faces, even their way of doing things, breaking the barriers of space and time, have dragged you into a farm in the Old West. But this is not America.
All images © Stefano Pia
Text © Sandro Iovine
By Stefano Pia
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