Ritorni is a work about transition.
I started this research in 2012 while I was working as a photographer for a real estate agency. I took picture of empty houses, before that were renewed or that were rented again.
When I entered a house that is no longer inhabited, I found what was left behind. In this work the thing that interests me the most is that in the vacuum there are traces of the passage of time and that are the same traces, even if different ones, in each dwelling. What remains in those houses is the relic of an experience that the walls have absorbed, traces of the man and of his change: belonging, identity and smell, one perceives the life that once was. Even the Italian word “trasloco”(relocate) that comes from the Latin Trans (beyond) and Locus (place) takes us beyond the place, in the meaning that that place had for that human being. The house represents refuge, family, safety, intimacy and when it is emptied, the signs of what it was remain. You can breathe the loneliness, you feel the abandonment, but in addition to the nostalgia linked to goodbyes there is the beauty of a new beginning.
During the transition from one stage of life to another, one can be lost and can feel with no more reference marks. Then, when the transition is completed, one feels again the sense of belonging to himself and is reassured; in this moment, the change becomes a homecoming.
All images and text © Cristina Cusani
By Cristina Cusani
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