DEntroTerra

Italy forgot its nature of a country of villages. This part of its soul fell into oblivion, together with its charge of traditions, superstitions and beliefs.

Starting from the Second World War, the progressive depopulation of villages became more and more dramatic. Only a few areas nowadays in Italy can be considered as reserves of a historical heritage of minor importance with respect to major artistic centres, and many of them are located along the Apennines. The mountains, with their long and cold winters and the lack of modern infrastructures bringing progress and welfare, contributed to preserve the roots and a sense of belonging for all those who left the mountains looking for a job or luck elsewhere, as of the second post-war period.

Alto Molise and Alto Sangro are among those areas, composed of numerous small villages in the inland of the Abruzzo and Molise regions, in Italy.

There are three words at the basis of this work:

Dentro, Inside, because Molise and Abruzzo are the regions of provenance of my parents.

Terra, Land, because from the land comes a civilisation from which all of our ancestors descend. From the land also comes the relationship with the seasons and the sowing and harvesting periods, producing all the food which was needed for survival.

Entroterra, Upcountry, because the upcountry is a way of living, existing, being. The upcountry is a God in the good and in the bad, a place far away from the trends and fashion of society and where all traditions magically repeat every year.

A village is needed.