A project commissioned by Museo di Fotografia di Cinisello Balsamo. Curated by Matteo Balduzzi.
Through the comparison of two different complementary observation registers, the project documents the spaces going through the transformation process of the Milan Intermodal Terminal of Segrate. In both the attention is focused on the effects that time, processes and man have upon surfaces and materials, used in carrying out the daily work inside the airport. In the first register, of photographic type, the intention was to move within the space, exploring it in search of suggestions related to the sphere of personal memory of childhood. The work of documentation began in the muggy August 2017, and since the first visit to Segrate, the smells, the sounds, the perception of immobility, reminded me of the summers spent in the workshop of my father and my grandfather in Sacile, in Friuli. Founded by the grandfather, a small family-run plumbing company, it was (and still is located), a few dozen meters from the village station. So I decided to be lulled by the pleasant memories of that period, walking aimlessly inside the great perimeter of the airport. The result was a warm and nostalgic observation of a place I did not know, in which in the almost-silence of the summer, I searched the surfaces, walls and overlays of materials, the trace of a memory. Trying to load an unknown space of meanings that did not belong to him - but that could be traced back to him. This first part is therefore a on functionality and materiality.
In the second approach, an overview video filmed with a drone, the intention becomes more technical and wants to better measure the objective aspects of the place. Through the use of an elevated point of view, variable from 30 to 50 meters in height, I retraced the journey of a train from the launch pad, then from its composition in wagons, until the exit from the airport. This kind of height and perspective allows to more accurately investigate the shape of the space, the relationship between port of call and adjacent housing and recreational contexts, placing itself in evident stylistic contrast with the personal point of view.