The observation and recording of the natural epiphenomenon Superluna through the photographic experience of the artist reveals a comprehensive "territorial awareness", an expression taken from Umberto Eco which refers to the awareness of the modern individual when he looks at the moon: now with an informed eye, we look at the moon no longer as a cosmic act of self-awareness, but rather as a moment offered to us by looking at a territory from a vantage point. Let us also remember that we all dream under the same sky and time is the only thing we have in common. The widening of temporal perception determined by the lockdown condition to which the camera lends itself thanks to its binary (from 3d to 2d) specific property of translation of the visual element that makes an instantaneous and finite passage of time permanent, interacting and catalysing the real past, present and future. The forced vision of lockdown gathers an urban cosmos that is not fragmented, characterised by an almost alienating loneliness with almost mysterious hints and suspends it in the photographic shot thanks to the presence of the reflection of the clear moonlight on the subjects.
The attraction is constantly powerful because of its symbolism and its existence as a landmark. At a distance, it resembles a sacred altar identifiable through a multiplicity features. Territorial situations are repeated in various places and ways around the world, but what is the link that keeps us bound to a specific space, as the artist’s investigated territory for example? Contemporary knowledge has accomplished in making topography no longer sufficient: the environmental peculiarities together with the geographic landscape provide the possibility to understand a system transversally. In particular, in this series, it was analysed the Pietra di Bismantova, a Reggio Emilia hill. Thenceforth, what are the strings that tie us to this territory? Is this territorial anomaly unique or is its characteristics could be associated somewhere else? Could the imaginary that the Pietra di Bismantova creates be re-adaptable? Is there a possibility of territorial displacement? These are Jacopo Valentini’s research questions concerning the hereditary aspects of the Pietra di Bismantova. He is willing to demonstrate how the Bismantova Stone itself traces different fields at different intensities crossing further layers and go beyond. Today, we have the possibility to establish the elements that characterize a territory and at the same time we have the possibility to get confused.
With holistic intentions, the artist depicts his peculiar understanding of the aesthetics relationship between content and form always considering time (experienced by the artist himself while shooting and by camera exposure) as a characterising aspect of his technique.