From Treccani Encyclopedia:
“Padània Another name used for the valley along the river Po, divided into Upper Padania, which includes the plain in Piemonte, and the Lower Padania, which includes the plains of Lombardia and Veneto.”
But Padania is not just a geographical area, it is also an entity, never really recognized, where political and independent movements have found their base. Over the years, Padania has been represented in Italy as an example to follow, as an economic and entrepreneurial model: but what is Padania really? And above all: does it actually exist outside the virtual perimeter that has so far given an identity to an idea?
“Padanistan” is a visual survey of a territory, from Torino to Venezia, from Piemonte to Veneto, that wants to tell the story of a part of Italy drifting away from its well-known daily narration.
It is an analysis of its urban spaces, its borders, its environment and its people. It is a narration of the very complex relationship between landscape and human presence, in an area undergoing a strong transformation: closed between the memory of an industrial past and a future full of uncertainties, between the inevitable changes that are sweeping across it and the true identity of its places.
A project developed along the National Route Padana Superiore (former SS11), a story started in 2016 and not yet finished.