125 x 100 cm / 90 x 70 cm, C-print Fuji Matt Crystal archive paper, © 2012
According to Michel Foucault, the ship is the perfect example of heterotopia: a fragment of floating space, a setting without a setting, that lives by itself through the infinity of the sea; the largest reservoir of imagination but also a tool of economic development for our civilization. The cruise, postmodern epilogue, is a small scale symbol of capitalist society in the name of ostentatious glitz and fun, where there is no longer need of dreaming because every desire is already satisfied. Like in "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" the acute reportage by David Foster Wallace who describes the holiday on board of the Nadir, a super luxury cruise, as full of ironic contradictions.The ship - the actual separate site from the daily context in which we live -, opens to unexpected possibilities, sometimes with extraordinary events as well as the sinking, that technology can’t always predict. The photographic series END OF DREAM (Costa Concordia wreck) portrays the wreck of the Costa Concordia in front of the Isola del Giglio, a few days after the accident in January 2012, which killed thirty-two people. The bow, prohibited by the flyby maneuver, led to the crash on the rocks named Le Scole. Lying on the side, forced in a sharp angle, the cruise ship reveals its inverted forms. The images cut out its summit, unexpectedly abandoned and thrown against the sky: the chimney is now surrounded by several places originally designed for entertainment, including swimming pools, waterslide winding, multi-sport courts, jogging trails, bridges with deck chairs, wellness centers. Their sprawling causes disorientation. The dynamism of the journey, the movement of action in space and time, has been discontinued. The tragedy has evoked the sinking of the Titanic, which took place exactly one hundred years earlier, suggesting the never ending contrast between progress and misery.