Stato d'Italia is a book published by Postcart ed., with the preface by Lucia Annunziata, edited by Renata Ferri and texts by Laura Eduati, Andrea Milluzzi, Angela Mauro and Davide Varì.
Journalism is a work of research, without knowing where it will take us. Therefore 'travelling' is its main tool. In today's world it is rare to deal a reportage made with such rigor: eyes that look for real and a deep silence through which are presented the words and images, such as a meditation. A silence that blazes its way through the devastating brawl in which Italian journalism plunges us every day.
It is not by chance that this book is the result of the work of a group of young journalists that has worked with passion, without money or bosses.
And the question of the bosses, essential element of all that relates to the veracity of the information, is a question of weight, which we will tackle another time. (Stato d'Italia, Postcart ed., 2011)
There is a perfect time for documentary photography, it is that of change: tensions, states of crisis, wars, revolts,
migrations, diasporas, environmental and humanitarian emergencies. The world is always close at hand for the photographers. There aren't boundaries or obstacles to the desire to go and see. Only the censorship and violence can prevent their movements and curiosity, daughters of the totalitarian regimes created by men.
But sometimes it is not necessary to go far, Emiliano Mancuso stopped here, in his country, to look at and
try to understand. And photography can help, he is aware of it. (Stato d'Italia, Postcart ed., 2011)
Everything started in 2009 with the idea of a camper-van and a map of Italy. Our first trip took four days and 1200 kilometers. After two years of reporting we realized we had collected a surprisingly huge quantity of stuff.
We wanted to produce slow journalism, in order to get an in-depth picture of those who were in the headlines and really grasp what was happening in Italy. We had neither a publisher nor a backer. We set off on this journey with little money, publishing our articles singly on our website www.reportageitalia.it, asking our readers to support us with small contributions.
We covered the African farm labourers' revolt in Rosarno, the youngsters of Taranto who want to steer clear of the Ilva steelworks and make reggae music, the struggle for housing in Rome, the pivotal referendum at the Fiat plant in Turin, the melancholy of the female farmhands in Calabria, the youngsters in Rome's housing estates and much, much more.
Our aim was to focus on the lives of so-called ordinary people, in order to capture great events. Our ambition was to be able to go back to the articles we have written and the pictures we have taken as a document – obviously incomplete but nonetheless useful – of the historical period in which we was living.