For people living in Ticino, Switzerland, and Lombardia, Italy, crossing the checkpoints that dot the territory to go to work, buy groceries or simply for a stroll, is part of the daily routine. Unlike many bordering territories around the world, the Swiss-Italian border divides two regions united by the same language and many cultural similarities.
This project aims to explore that political borderline, highlighting its ephemeral and abstract nature. It does so by juxtaposing images of the mountains – where the vegetation is slowly hiding checkpoints and barbed wire, and photos of urban areas – where border structures are still dividing the landscape.
Born in a mountainous corner of Switzerland near the Italian border, Luca Piffaretti was first drawn to photograph his surroundings while in Bologna, where he graduated with a bachelor degree in Contemporary History. In 2012 he moved to London to attend an MA Photojournalism at the University of Westminster where through the eyes of documentary photographers like Mark Power and Nadav Kander he developed a passion for architecture and urban landscapes.
Luca’s photography process is driven by the same inquisitive spirit that pushed him to explore the streets of Bologna, in constant research of the perfect combination of form, texture and light. He divides his practice between commercial shoots for architects and interior designers and personal work centred on a psychogeographical exploration of his surroundings.
© text and pictures by Luca Piffaretti