The project ‘Promessa Terra’ as part of the annual ‘FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale di Roma-XII edition. ‘Promessa Terra’ is a series of fifteen 40 cm x 50 cm black and white photographs (shot and printed with traditional analogue methods) that survey and deal with the concept of reality by radicalising the hypothesis of a possible future by taking direct inspiration from science fiction literature and genre filmography. Similarly to ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (Robert Wise, 1951) the photographer foresees an inevitable change. Human alienation is the silent dràma of the project, much like what we encounter in ‘The Man who Fell to Earth’ (Nicolas Roeg, 1976). The symbols present in some of the images imply an ‘alternative’ reading, a parallel to the viewing filter utilised in ‘They Live’ (John Carpenter, 1988).
The Earth is the arrival, not a departure point, presenting a fertile territory for new unfolding events. The alien colonization, implied within this project, does not impose or convey a negative reading of the change suggested in the photographs, moreover it symbolises the cause of a ‘collapse’. As Andrea Attardi describes in his short essay on Guarnaschelli’s series: ‘Very often these photographs are voluntarily ambiguous when reconstructing the imposing and ‘fantastic’ labyrinth that is the irrational space, the afflicted and the concept of hope’. The urban physiognomy is the clarifying element of this dramatization whilst the mood is purposely exaggerated in order to underline a severe critique of the everyday. All the images showcased are traditionally printed and produced in the darkroom by Eugenio and Rolando Corsetti at Laboratorio Fotografico Corsetti.