I believe that this work, is a photographic memory, more than a photographic tale. In fact it's impossible for me to talk about La Tinaia in a detached way, because I was part of it, working there every day for 8 years.
From January 2005 until December 2013 I was daily involved in the running of the workshop. I was part of La Tinaia life, living in close contact with the people that went through it: I saw them arriving, finding the strength to leave behind the isolation due to psychiatric disorders, the strength to still believe in the value of one's own uniqueness, in those parts of oneself that show the differences between each and every person. This personal journey made independently, without judgement (so different from therapy), finding again the necessary confidence to express that unique look, that feeling, the only real means to achieving noteworthy artistic expression.
I had the chance to closely observe this creative and productive phase, I saw intimate expressions able to come out, to become visible and shareable. At the beginning inside the little community of La Tinaia and then eventually out in the world, as an authentic expression of interesting content to share. Thus I saw the birth of works of art that sometimes have had a remarkable recognition in the Art field, and sometimes fundamental to the personal journey of the author. Above all, both cases have reaffirmed new, authentic, tormented, precious rights of a citizen for those who had the strength to take this journey.
The power, the courage, the beauty achieved will be for me an everlasting landmark and an unfading memory. These pictures are only a very emotional attempt (and embarrassing, because of their beginnings) to keep visually some feelings that accompanied me during my visit at San Salvi one year after the end of my work at La Tinaia.
This photographic narrative was accepted and exhibited by the Social Documentary Network / SDN New York (Documentary Photography and Visual Storytelling Exploring Global Themes) - view reportage on SDN