Grey Grass is photographic survey of East Milan, Italy. The work is focused on the transformation of the countryside during the four years before Expo Milano 2015, and completed the following year, 2016. Around a thousand hectares of fertile agricultural land were swept away to build two new highways, involving many local farming and threatening the survival of the lombard agriculture. As curator and picture editor, Raffaele Vertaldi stated:
Diego made a very personal survey of a complex and multifaceted reality seen with romantic eyes. We cannot call it an analytical work. Diego himself confirmed he was not interested to document the downside. His position is clear, it’s not a pure investigation.
It is a personal work, an intimate and heartfelt research on his own land, but still with some investigative characters. This approach allowed him to see things that other people wouldn’t have seen and it is the beauty and the strength of his work.
Text and images © Diego Mayon