Shiftless is the result of two years wandering around the disused Garigliano nuclear power plant in the south of Italy.
The Garigliano nuclear plant takes the name from the important river running along all the way to the sea. Closed in 1982 the plant doesn’t show on the maps as it turned out to be unauthorized since raised on agricultural land. Nowadays it still contains 3000 cubic meters of nuclear wastes inside concrete blocks, part of them stocked underground in plastic bags.
When the authors first started this project they realized that the nuclear presence is in everything: in the empty houses, in the vegetation, in the waters and in those barely visible human life efforts.
The atmosphere is of a nuclearized, deserted place: witness of a past which, as invisible as the plant, lingers in the present.
Staring at the broken caravans windows, the withered palms, the swinging neon lights from the knocked down walls, gave us a sense of inertia, of shiftlessness. That’s why they authors decided to express our reactions and feelings about this beautiful land full of potential, victim of man’s carelessness.
The river gets into the sea, the waves retracting show on the shore an impressive mass of wastes of any kind. Those are symbols that “nature always gives back what received”.
The book comes with the prefaces by:
Italian writer and poet
Australian editor and photographer
WWF Campania President and Representative
This fascinating 52 page hardback photo book is printed on Fedrigoni Oikos paper 150gr. With ape binding glued on a 300gr kraft cardboard 100% recycled paper.