Ettore Moni is a Parma based photographer whose work is an interesting point of view on all of the forms of contemporary landscape. This is what he says about his last series titled “Edicole funerarie”:
I have always had a particular interest in all that concerns the relationship between man and landscape and, particularly, every form of human modification of the space.
With this project I wanted to push my investigation to the absolute limit of this concept: the funeral shrines, in fact, are nothing more than an extreme conception of what we commonly call “home”. And this has not only allowed me to discover proper “architectural types”, which follows current trends and stylistic dictates as well as the personal tastes of the client, but also to develop a whole range of personal and general considerations. First of all the intrinsic human need to claim, post mortem, an alleged condition of privilege, economic or social, proportionate to the height of the building and the complexity of the composition, however in complete dissonance with those which are the most common religious dogma of humility and poverty.
Is that a last attempt of being remembered? A kind of pre-emptive request of eternity? Or a simple symbolic seal which testifies a condition of superiority, sometimes self-established and also lacking in good taste? An edifying act of building for those who remain and those who leave?
Text and images © Ettore Moni