Mezza Vitta
Project info

Mezza Vita means “Half­Life” in corsican language.
The term comes from physics, and refers to radiations disintegration cycle.

Last year, Chernobyl was 30 years old, and Fukushima 5. Everywhere, people were reflecting on what humanity learned from those two accidents. As an artist, I was mostly interested in understanding how photographers could work on this subject, especially once cities have been rebuilt, nature invaded the no­go zones and people got back to their daily lives, while radiation was still there, in the background. Many photographers and artists have approached radiation, and faced the issue of showing the invisible.
I chose to represent the natural sensitive environment and its perturbation by the radiations, through “classical” photography. It also aims at creating a dialogue between the humans and their surroundings, linking the landscapes with the portraits in a way hinting to the common destiny of a place and those who live in it, especially given the strong rooting of the Corsican people on their island, somewhat comparable to that of the Japanese to their archipel.

It has now be proven that Corsica was massively exposed to the radioactive cloud during the firsts days after the 1986’s accident, due to constant rain falls. The radiations were then transmitted to the Corsican people, due to local habits of consuming fresh produce and dairy.

I grew up in Corsica and I was aware of these local events since a very early age. My own mother’s pregnancy was disturbed by the vicious effect of radioactivity on local food, and my birth and first weeks were tainted with the consequences of radiations. I was not an isolated case. Many friends, acquaintances, same generation schoolmates have all been exposed to this same insidious threat, this “invisible snow”. This awareness is not only intellectual. I feel in it my flesh, as do so many Corsicans.

The combination of images in diptychs allows to put forward the way men and landscapes build a common environment, where man shapes the land as much as he is shaped by it, and they both suffer when hit by a disaster such as radioactivity.