From Bove’s vast archives, comprising more than 200,000 shots, Santese selected 500 produced between 1985 and 1999, to create and organically articulate the iconography of those years starting from a fragment of them: the everyday and social life of Rimini and its environs.
In the ‘80s, and particularly in the following decade, the character of Rimini was representative as a paradigm of what could be called “Italian-ness”. In Rimini both the prominent politicians who frequented the discos and the thousands of working class people coming from every Italian city and province all felt right at home. The Italy & Italy project clearly shows this coexistence. Bove has photographed hundreds of situations and environments that are radically different from each other, from the big nights out of the VIPs at the Baia Imperiale club to the market stands of sausage vendors at the Feste de l’Unità (a series of annual social events organised by the Italian leftist party), without political or social class distinctions. This project thus conveys different feelings, moods, memories, joys, and sorrows.
Alessandro Di Giacomo
Info: Italy & Italy project, Pasquale Bove – Luca Santese.