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Photopaper 22
Valeria Cherchi

Valeria Cherchi

Valeria CherchiPhotopaper
Issue 22
Some of you killed Louisa
Valeria Cherchi
Kasseler Fotografie Festival

Nominated by Salvatore Vitale.


16 Pages
210 x 290 mm
ISBN Not Available


I feel overwhelmed by the way these people are welcoming me. Despite their genuine kindness and good intentions, I often feel that I must follow their rules, I must behave as they want me to. I’ve been following Valeria’s work in Sardinia since its very beginning. Once, while she was telling me about one of her first trips to Barbagia, she was mainly talking about the difficulty of dealing with people and the complexity of the relationships she was engaging in in that harsh region of her homeland. I was very taken by her stories as they reminded me of my youth, of some old times spent in Sicily, at my parent’s village, moments filled with a great humanity and, at the same time, the feeling of following a credo, a sort of unspoken code. In this sense I know I am in a privileged position to understand Valeria Cherchi’s work, made up of subtle layers, as delicate as they are rough, and where each single element hides a range of meanings and rituals. Where the personal is mixed with the heritage of one of the most mysterious and inaccessible Sardinian landscapes. Where memory, investigation and narration participate in the construction of a compelling story, able to face the evidence of blood, kidnapping and murder, as well as intangible signs lost within a certain kind of folklore. Here I present this work, a trailer, a teaser, a taste of images and texts which can guide you through the psychology of the characters who make this story. – Salvatore Vitale

About the Artist
Valeria Cherchi is a photographer born in Sardinia and currently based in Milan. She gained her BA in industrial design and her MA in fashion photography. Her practice focuses on long-term projects regarding social and cultural issues. Her research is driven by the need to explore topics connected to her personal experience, such as time, memories and history. She is interested in real and tangible stories approached and told through the detailed complexity of the characters, often by combining photography and text.

About the Journal
PHOTOPAPER is a new kind of monographic photo publication with a continuously changing editorial team of international experts. These guest editors name photographers or photographic projects which they would like to present to an international public. PHOTOPAPER features this work in single monographic issues of 16 or 32 pages. The main idea is to make high-quality printed photographic work accessible to as many people as possible by producing the final publication at a reasonable price. Therefore, the production process is reduced to a minimum while at the same time using high-end printing technology and a nice paper. Published on a quarterly basis.

About the Publisher

The Fotobookfestival Kassel is a charitable foundation that has been engaged with the artistic medium of the photobook and has presented it in all its facets, since 2008, in a festival program of international standing. The annual festival shows works by renowned artists and promotes established and emerging talents, publishers, designers, printers, curators and booksellers on an international platform. It was the first festival of its kind dedicated to the photographic book and has founded two novel book awards: The KASSEL DUMMY AWARD for the best photobook mock-up of the year has awarded emerging talents a complete photobook-production since 2010; the KASSEL PHOTOBOOK AWARD assembles the best photobooks of the previous year nominated by international experts in the field. Books entered for both awards are showcased regularly in travelling exhibitions at international festivals and photography events. These two awards are unique in their formats and have been role models for other international festivals and events.

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