Sergey Tesker, “One Euro Italy”

 Sergey Tesker, “One Euro Italy”

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 4 – May 29, 2018


Sergey Tesker, “One Euro Italy” The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

As part of the Open Exhibition Program for the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery is proud to host One Euro Italy, an exhibition featuring original photographs by Sergey Tesker.

The exhibition’s title refers to a public campaign called UN EURO PER UNA CASA, launched in Italy by the mayors of some small rural communities. Local politicians from the Northern Alpine regions to the southern shores of Sicily are trying to arrest the process of decay and depopulation caused by long- lasting trends of emigration and urbanization, so they attract potential buyers to their charming yet remote villages by offering to sell homes and buildings for the symbolic price of one euro. The offer comes with a legally binding commitment by the new owner to restore and modernize the properties within a couple of years after the time of purchase.

Tesker, intrigued by this innovative and surprising idea, embarked on a journey to explore and photograph these towns, villages, and hamlets, far away and overshadowed by the many tourist attractions that make Italy the country with the highest number of UNESCO-listed heritage sites in the world.

An artistic project that was at first meant to capture the architecture, landscape and esthetic beauty of these places, Tesker’s journey shifts the focus from buildings and nature to the people who still inhabit these remote communities.  The humanity, simplicity, resilience and warmth of those few remarkable individuals who still care and keep these communities alive becomes the subject of this vivid visual narrative.

Villa Charities is proud to present Tesker’s work as it connects directly to the experience of emigration and identity in our community.  Our patrons, and their ancestors, left those very towns in search of a better future for themselves and their families in Canada.  We are grateful to Tesker for sharing his work with us, which speaks of our common past, of an uncertain present, but also sheds light on an important initiative – one that hopefully will bring a positive future to these remote and beautiful Italian towns and villages.

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