Fabrizio Albertini on Roots, Psychogeography, and Nostalgia

A photographer’s journey exploring the ancestral relationship between nature, land, and memory.

In the series ‘Radici,’ (roots) Italian photographer Fabrizio Albertini revisits memories from childhood summers spent with his grandparents in the Cannobina Valley.

Today. much of the Valley has been abandoned. Radici pays tribute to this nostalgic territory where the series took shape, carved from misty memories and unconscious themes. It travels back to buried traces and conflicts, to a place where where success relied on the maintaining form, or becoming deformed.

These pictures explore the ancestral relationship between man and nature, and the connection between the surrounding environment and memory. Combining visual abstractions and poetic compositions, Albertini evokes the emotions of his childhood through carefully selected physical representations. Radici is both a portrait of bygone times, and an intimate glimpse into the artist’s subconscious world.

Radici is a physical memory, the mark of time.
Radici is the constant urge to survive, to expand, to leave a trace, it is the legacy of our past and the elaboration of our present.
Radici is something that grows underground, something that belongs to nature, and to nature it will return.
Radici is a journey that explores an ancestral relation with nature, the surrounding environment, shapes and memories.

Fabrizio Albertini (b. 1984, Italy) graduated in Film Direction and Production at the Academy of Audiovisual Sciences CISA Pio Bordoni in Lugano (Swiss). His work has been shown at International Locarno Film Festival among others. His photographic series have been exposed, among the others, at Aperture Foundation. His photo books, “The Mecca of Coney Island” (2014) and “Diary of an Italian Borderworker” (2016) are published by Skinnerboox.

See more of his work here.