Sicilian photographer Pietro Motisi’s ‘Sicilia Fantasma’, or Sicily ghost in English, is a collection of intriguing images collated from his own observations of the south Italy island. The pensive series focuses on place as a concept, where landscapes are mostly devoid of human presence to offer a moment of contemplation for the viewer.
“The series establishes a point of critical reflection on who we are, in relation to the characteristics of our spaces,” explains Motisi to IGNANT. “So these personal visions assume the position of a kind of political manifesto,” he says. From a man jogging past burning fields, a peculiarly positioned tree in the sea, and landscapes and villages shrouded in fog, Motisi’s photography seeks to instill reflection on the relationship between, and impact of, humans and the territories we inhabit. “South African photographer David Goldblatt argued that events in themselves are not as interesting as the conditions that lead to them,” continues Motisi, “and in a similar way, my work represents this metaphor. It’s about our belonging to a territory, and repositioning our actions and responsibilities towards the earth, and therefore towards ourselves.”