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Photopaper 43
Salvatore Vitale

Salvatore Vitale

Salvatore VitalePhotopaper
Issue 43
The Moon Was Broken
Salvatore Vitale
Kasseler Fotografie Festival


16 Pages
210 x 290 mm
ISBN Not Available



How is implicit procedural memory activated by vision? And how might emotional response be reinforced — rather than activated — by the combination of long-term memory and emotional memory? I was 5 years old when, for the first time in my life, I felt a strong feeling of missing something. Going back in time, there’s a clear symbol which reminds me of that feeling. One night I was at a fun fair with my family. We were going back home when I saw the moon covered by some dark clouds. I started to cry, as in my childlike view, the moon was broken. I can remember exactly having a feeling that something was going to happen. A couple of weeks later, my father had a car accident. I will never forget that period, the hospital. Nobody knows how he managed to survive. I’ve always been very close to my father; we shared a lot of passions, spent a lot of time together, and I guess that a large part of my relationship with him was marked by the fear of losing him. Over the years, our relationship started to become more complex. It was very hard to understand what he was thinking or how he was feeling. So I decided to talk with him in order to understand what brought us to this point. The Moon Was Broken speaks about memory and identity. But it does this in a context the form of which is engendered by my ideas about reality. In my attempt to photograph memory, I am documenting places and pieces of my own, and my father’s, life, creating and connecting them with the symbols of this story. This project is a collection of different states of mind, a vision of what is my story and my identity today. While attempting to rebuild what is lost, I question myself and my relationship with my father, striving to reconnect its history with what it has become in the present. Starting from research and developing a particular narrative approach, The Moon Was Broken tries to photograph memory through the creation of precise and sharp symbols capable of representing parts of an apparently lost yet latent world.

About the Artist
Salvatore Vitale (b. 1986, Palermo, Italy) is a Swiss-based visual artist, educator and editor. Master of Fine Arts at the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK). His work has been shown in museums and at European and international photo festivals. He teaches at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). Vitale is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of YET magazine, a Swiss-based international photography magazine that focuses on the evolution of photography practice within the contemporary art.

About the Journal
PHOTOPAPER is a new kind of monographic photo publication with  aa 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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