Battute di Caccia (en. hunting trips) is a project that investigates the territories of the province of Foggia, in particular the Gargano region.
An area of not very high ranges, peaks and peaks, corroded by the north winds, with gorges, ravines, valleys, with a Mediterranean and torrid climate, with infertile, sterile soil.
The work places a dialogue between the territory and its inhabitants portrayed on the verge of hunting, lurking, tense and waiting for any prey. Hunting, a veritable activity for the hunter, who in search of prey, can find himself. It is as if it were a duty, the duty to vindicate oneself, to be complete and to feel free and loyal to the prey. A sort of threatening, spoiled air hovers over them, a tension that hangs over. They are there willing to wait for the right moment, obliged to this moment.
The territories are represented as ambiguous and arid safaris, almost aimed at staging the agony of the temple and its slowness. Dying and dilated times shape the strong and resilient characters of the locals and force them to live and survive in a condition of infinite suspension and awaiting universal judgement.
Battute di Caccia implicity stages the silent dynamics of criminals residing in the Gargano area. It looks like a path of documentation of the nature of the place and of what it conceals.
From succulents and the logs burned in the so-called “masserie” and bauxite and tuff quarries. The places crossed and photographed, those adjacent to the grave, are real cementeries of carcasses and bodies without gravestones. The work arises with a dreamlike and symbolic narrative accent but that investigates the landscape and the specific places where bodies or others were found types of tracks.
Francesca Ruberto (b. 1995, San Giovanni Rotondo, Apulia, Italy) is an artist based in Milan.
Through photography and video, she documents the sterile landscapes with an arid climate and the inhabitants of the territory, especially in the places of his childhood, proposing interpretations aimed at creating new external and internal landscapes, living in ambiguous time. The landscape thus becomes a place of experimentation and fascination of myth and of man himself, which is configured in a dimension that lives between the archaic and the contemporary.
Francesca graduated in New Technology of Art and Media at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan, Italy. She also holds a MA in Photography and Visual Arts from the same university.