In collaboration with Urbanautica Insitute, curated by Steve Bisson
Carolina Gheri on her trips to Asolo chose to meet the people, the inhabitants. To hear their stories. It's said that there are few young people still living in old town of Asolo. Many have moved away, especially families with kids. Still some have choosen to live among the old medieval walls attracted by the charm of Asolo. The series of portraits 'Ultimi Indigeni' (Last Indigenous) by Carolina Gheri pick up the kindness of some inhabitants and somehow projects the serenity of an ancient community life. Their looks, often elusive, mingle with other photographic, personal, sudden and vernacular testimonials torn from reality while walking along the streets of Asolo. Small signs and empathic traces that point to a place without describing it.
Change gear, I take the road uphill, I see the hospital, then steering and parking in the first free place. I am arrived. It is not exactly accurate. I take the backpack and resume the climb on foot. Finally I arrive in the square and I find myself at the center of the Asolo diorama. The red-haired lady of the Hotel Duse scrutinizes the situation under the arcades, she sees me and greets me warmly. The cars are stopped in front of the traffic lights that still score seventy seconds from the green shooting. I head to the bar for the second coffee of the day accompanied by some joke by Gianni.
When you enter Asolo another perspective is imposed. The normal value of time evaporates and you are forced
to observe and listen. There seems to be time for everything, the moment of leisure has the same value of concentration. We are used to thinking of maximum productivity for everything, even for ourselves. The maximum result in the shortest possible time. Those who choose to live in Asolo accept another speed. A choice against the current, but which brings the individual to the center of his needs and thoughts. This atmosphere has created fertile ground for a small community of young creatives who find their dimension in this place
Their reality, however, collides with the past, Alberto Sordi and Carla Fracci who are still protagonists in the common imagination of the older inhabitants and tourists. Asolo's seems to ride its glorious past on the wave of its maintenance rather then its renewal, thus stimulating the ideal of a 'gem village': steady, immutable, but beautiful. Asolo is a small creative pole ready to blossom and is not a simple utopia of a few. It is a palpable reality that is based on the voices of the past and of the future, going to form the present.