The port of Gioia Tauro, one of the largest in Europe, sits on the site of Eranova, the village razed to make way for an industry that was never built. In Saline Joniche, an animal protein factory was to provide jobs and prosperity for the people: the workers received unemployment benefits for twenty-three years at zero hours and the factory once built was immediately closed due to carcinogenicity. Further north, closer to Salerno, is the Grotta del Romito, which houses the only depiction of an aurochs, a now extinct prehistoric ox. The nation of Italy takes it name from these cattle, from the Greek italoi, inhabitants of the land of the bulls.
Along the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway which was for decades unfinished, Martin Errichiello and Filippo Menichetti have tried to renew the images of a part of the country that is the symbol of the people who inhabit it. Their photographic project, In quarta persona, is impressive and evocative yet always anchored in a reality that clashes with the propaganda poured forth by all Governments from 1962 to the present that has filled the pages of newspapers and the tv news reports.
The Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway, completed in full this summer and traversable only on two-lanes, was for decades a half finished beacon of the interrupted unification of the Italian territory. A great journey through time and culture.