On the occasion of Fotografia Europea Festival 2016 Vitturi was invited to explore the Via Emilia, an ancient Roman road running through Northern Italy, to represent how the area changed over the last thirty years, following on from Luigi Ghirri’s project Explorations Along the Via Emilia, made in 1968.
The project was realised over a six-month period, during which Vitturi travelled along the entire route researching and recording its most iconic elements, culminating in the exhibition Nuove Esplorazioni (New Explorations), presented at Chiostri di San Pietro in Reggio Emilia.
In chemistry the process of synthesis commonly refers to the combination of parts or elements, so as to form a whole. Similarly, Sintesi SS9 is for Vitturi a process of collection and assembling of fragments sourced along on the street, in the attempt to reconstruct the visual essence of a changing urban area.
Applying his multidisciplinary method, which combines photography, sculpture, and assemblage, Vitturi attempted to deconstruct the complex reality of the Via Emilia and to make it visible through its materials and shapes.
During his exploration, Vitturi consistently encountered architectural details such as industrial sheds and retail buildings and he presented them in fragments or in their entirety in his compositions. Most of the materials visible in his still life are sourced in these buildings: fabrics, plastic sheets, industrial debris as well as organic locally produced goods.
The debris and other elements found on the street were photographed and collected along the route and then reassembled at the Chiostri di San Pietro, where the final project was shown. The exhibition space then becomes part of the process itself, where Vitturi recreates the layering of different realities found along the Via Emilia.