Qualsiasità [translator’s note: term used by Cesare Zavattini to indicate the ordinary or mundane aspects of everyday life] compares various surveys undertaken in the territory of Romagna since 1984, through the eyes of seven photographers – Cesare Ballardini, Cesare Fabbri, Jonathan Frantini, Marcello Galvani, Guido Guidi, Francesco Neri and Luca Nostri – who recount the Italian province between Cesena and Ravenna passing by Faenza, Fusignano, Lugo and Massa Lombarda.
The title of the book is loosely based on a quote by Cesare Zavattini, multifaceted figure and voice of Italian Neorealism. The “qualsiasità” of the eye – says the exhibition’s curator Alessandro Dandini de Sylva – is translated into a photograph of the day-to-day, attentive to the minor aspects of the area and devoted to the landscape of the immediate vicinity, taken as the prime observation point.
The documentary style of the photographs on display allows them to offer an accurate and anti-rhetorical description of places considered marginal by the official iconography. It is an Italian geography that, just a few years later, is already of inestimable historical value due to the rapidly changing landscape.
Photographs by Cesare Ballardini, Cesare Fabbri, Jonathan Frantini, Marcello Galvani, Guido Guidi, Francesco Neri and Luca Nostri
Text by Alessandro Dandini de Sylva
Design by Filippo Nostri
Soft cover, 30 x 24 cm
52 pages, 36 color photographs and 6 b/w photographs
Fondazione Malaspina Editions
First edition printed in 500 copies in June 2016
Pubblication conceived for the exhibition “Qualsiasità” at Fondazione Malaspina, 24 June – 25 September 2016.