Fabio Piccioni
May 23, 2022
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Montiferru is a centre west sub-region of the historical and geographical island of Sardinia. Towards the end of July 2021, a giant fire burnt down almost everything between the towns of Tresnuraghes, Scano di Montiferro, Flussio, Sennariolo, Cuglieri, Santu Lussurgiu and Bonarcado. In one week of fires, more than 20.000 hectares of woods, pastures and crops are gone. On one side, there's the environmental damage like the hundreds of millennial trees that no longer exist or the threat coming from the incoming rainfalls expected in October with the arrival of autumn. And on the other side, there are the negative economic aspects. The effect is immediate and very bad for an area based on pastoralism and agricultural economy. Many people lost everything they had, and no state aid are supporting the affected community yet. Since the end of July, I've been there several times, documenting the devastated land. Every place turned into black, and different roads were still closed due to fire damage, so entering this wild territory was not easy. I want to show the entire world what's happened in Sardinia because the media has already forgotten it.

Fabio Piccioni (Alghero, Italy, 1981) is a self-taught photographer. With his photography, he researches many fields: land use changes, non-places, industrial mine heritage, and socio-environmental interactions.
Fabio Piccioni
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