© 2019 by Matteo Viviano

linea maixei

walking a story

2019

Dry stone walls are an ancient human artifacts of hostile territories, which ease the arability of land. It is a long lost building tradition consisting of the constructions of stones bonded together by the soil, typically from the mountainous areas around the Mediterranean sea.

It is considered a counterbalanced relationship between man and nature, dry stone walls are in need of constant maintenance due to changed conditions of land use, they are in an advanced state of abandonment and degradation.

It is especially visible in the Parco delle Cinque Terre, a locality in the north of Italy, which is distinguished by its steep mountains in contact with the sea, considered an ideal area for landscape manipulation.

Nowadays, the surrounding areas are populated by communities that experienced the change of the territory over time; witnessing how nature has reclaimed what man modified, an act of re-appropriation.

Linea Maixei is a research that reveals the hidden stories of a landscape from different perspectives, with the aim of preserving the land and its beautiful and peculiar characteristics.

The research focuses on the experience of one path through the eye and the knowledge of six different locals.

collaboration with Caterina Tioli