In the past thirty years the word Padania has become part of everyday life in Italy. It refers to an area in Northern Italy that extends from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea.
A territory that exists in the ideas of many, but that geographically, culturally and juridically remains undefined. A region full of contradictions, on which a narration has been built over the years that has led to the definition of a precise identity. An interspace where, despite the attempt by politicians and medias to define it as a singular land, different communities live together with their specific characteristics, and their points of tangency and contrast.
*Padanistan* is a visual investigation into the identity of a place that, formally, doesn’t exist, of its communities, that seeks to probe its urban spaces, its borders, its ecosystem. A project that delves into an area closed between the memory of an industrial past and a future full of uncertainties, into places that find themselves floating in a general sense of bewilderment.
Developed along the National Route Padana Superiore (former SS11), started in 2017 and still ongoing.