A road, over four hundred miles, three regions. From west to east, from Turin to Venice, crossing what for decades has been the most productive region of Italy.
Padan(I)a Superiore is a long journey along the former state road Padana Superiore, the SS11, a journey through memories of an industrial past that will never return and a future full of uncertainty. With an unemployment rate nearly doubled in the past decade, the average age of the population increasingly high, this piece of Italy is living in a sort of limbo from which it doesn’t seem able to get out.
Padan(I)a Superiore is also a journey through the northern Italian province, and in the geographical area generally know as Padania. An area who gave birth to the rightist and xenophobic Lega Nord political party, an area proud of its identity. An identity questioned in the least years: firstly by the economic crisis, and then by the influx of migrant workers.
Padan(I)a Superiore is a slow journey, begun in 2014 and not yet completed. A solitary journey, that soon turned into a dialogue between the photographer and the landscape, between the man and the reality of these places.
BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, SadoMasochism) is a variety of erotic practices involving dominance and submission, roleplaying, restraint, and other interpersonal dynamics. For someone BDSM is part of the entire sexuality, for someone is a lifestyle, for others is a form of play. We read a lot about BDSM, but the reality of this “underground” world is pretty much different from what we know from medias. In BDSM the psychological dynamics are often more important than its sexual elements. Domination and submission are physical, for sure, but also, if not primarily, psychological. In the world of BDSM more than sex there is sexuality, explored certainly in unconventional ways, but not to be relegated in the corner of perversion. Fantasy and humor are the basis of BDSM and many of the practices, that outside a context of full consensuality are commonly treated as sexual violence, become, within this world, a source of mutual satisfaction and stimulation for the construction of a deeper interpersonal relationship. And are these interpersonal relationship, that, A HUMBLE BOW, a two year long project, wants to tell. And wants to do so in Italy, a country where sexuality is still lived and seen as a taboo and where practices such as BDSM are often frowned upon and misinterpreted. A HUMBLE BOW is an in depth journey in a dark and unknown piece of Italy, a journey through dungeons, parties, private apartments, houses and BDSM sessions, in a world forced to live in the shadow. A journey for try to understand how sex and sexuality, dynamics of power, violence and sentiments intertwine in human relations.