There is more to Urban Limits than a Circular Road

‘There is more to Urban Limits than a Circular Road’ is a photographic essay of numerous dérives made around urban areas in the Umbrian region of Italy.

While walking towards the outer areas of a city I am being guided by what my senses recognise as limits of an urban area. Main infrastructures such as larger roads, railroads and railway stations, dormitory blocks, industries, or even large shopping malls, are what primarily bounds my areas of interest. From an improvised solution at a tennis court, to the child’s swing overlooking the cable car line, passing by the saddened truth of suburbia-looking cemetery houses, to the quirky shapes of one’s property fence, all these peculiar situations convey a certain humor and irony to me. These borderline urban areas can often feel as monotonous as circular roads, since they end up being used mostly as rapid pass-through places. But when they are observed at a walking pace, several elements turn visible, displaying their function, shape or presence. Those elements found here convey me a sentiment of urban limit.

The photograph Minimetrò (Bystanders) belonging to this project was exhibited at ART MATTERS 3, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (April 2021).