Book design for Solastalgia, a project by Marina Vitaglione, a docufiction about Venice mixing photographs and texts. This dummy was part of her Master degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, where it received a distinction. The book is gonna be published - with some changes in design and editing - in September 2017.
Coined by philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2003, the neologism "solastalgia" refers to the distress one feels when witnessing environmental disruptions on their home. In Europe, the city most at threat from climate change is Venice. Its foundations and buildings are slowly being eroded and damaged by water, as a result of global sea-level rise, land subsidence, frequent high tides and maritime pollution caused by large cruise ships. Speculating on the outcome of this ecological issue, the book creates an imaginary narrative in which the lagoon city chronicles its own disappearance. The story is told through fictional text and photographs whose negatives were soaked in water from the Adriatic sea. The seawater deteriorates the photographs and therefore, metaphorically, the city.
Softcover Digital printing on Favini Shiro Echo 16x23 cm, 64 pagesHand-bound with loveEdition of 5 dummies, 2016