Entry Title: "39°C. A Forgotten Italian Season"
Name: Elisabetta Claudio , Italy
Category and Expertise: Other_N|Other_P|Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: In an Italy of its shores buried by concrete and of its forests hard bitten too many times by arsons, there is a public space where man and nature are able to connect and be in harmony again: the public thermal baths. The public thermal baths in Italy, popular and well-known since Ancient Rome are situated by unpredictable and sometimes impassable places nowadays bitterly threatened by property speculation and inadequate maintenance services. 39°C provides documentary evidence with the purpose of preserving the traces and history of these natural places across Italy.

Story: In an Italy of its shores buried by concrete and of its forests hard bitten too many times by arsons, there is a public space where man and nature are able to connect and be in harmony again: the public thermal baths. The public thermal baths in Italy, popular and well-known since Ancient Rome are situated by unpredictable and sometimes impassable places nowadays bitterly threatened by property speculation and inadequate maintenance services. The Italian public thermal baths preserve traits of vital and wild nature unlike thermal bath resorts where the seeking of one's own psychophysical wellness happens in an environment clearly controlled by mankind. In these public thermal baths the human being can experience an aspect of life that is fading away, a visceral connection with the environment in which the nature represents the wellness itself. 39°C provides documentary evidence with the purpose of preserving the traces and history of these natural places across Italy. Public thermal baths lacks of any modern comfort, attended by a down-to-earth mankind that speaks exotic languages and has many children, humble and yet able to appreciate the real well-being. That same well-being imposed by a nature that carries along no hostility, a warming and certainly welcoming nature.

About the Artist:

I was born in the South of Italy in a town by the Mediterranean Sea. At the age of 19 I moved to Milan and graduated from Politecnico di Milano. After university I devoted myself to photography and started working as Pierpaolo Ferrari's assistant for four years till 2007. Along those years I specialised myself in portraits photography and since 2008 I've been regularly contributing to L'Uomo Vogue, Wallpaper, Case da Abitare, Ferrari Magazine, Rizzoli e Garzanti Editori. My works have become cover books for national publishing houses like Rizzoli, Bur and Garzanti. In 2012 and 2013 I produced in collaboration with the indipendent publishing house "Le Dictateur" a series of photografic fanzines for the event shows Family Business in New York and in Paris.