After The Gold Rush(2020)
The Visigoth king Alarico I in 410 AD carried out the famous 'Sack of Rome' with his army. By conquering the city of Rome he plundered a huge amount of gold, silver and even some relics from the Temple of Jerusalem. During the journey to reach the African coast, Alarico and his army are hit by a strong storm at sea, which destroying the fleet will force them to stop on the coast of Calabria and then take refuge in Cosenza.
The king, according to legend, died shortly afterwards of an illness and was buried with the famous treasure in the riverbed of the Busento river that passes through the historical centre of the city. In the years to come, well-known personalities, researchers and simple amateurs will try in vain to find this unknown place.
(italian) Il re visigoto Alarico I nel 410 d.C compie con il suo esercito il celebre ‘Sacco di Roma’. Conquista la città di Roma razziando un enorme quantità d’oro e reliquie provenienti dal Tempio di Gerusalemme. Nel viaggio per raggiungere le coste africane, Alarico e il suo esercito vengono investiti da una forte tempesta in mare, che distruggendo la flotta li costringerà a fermarsi sulle coste della Calabria per poi rifugiandosi a Cosenza.
Il re, secondo la leggenda, morirà poco dopo per una malattia e verrà sepolto con il famoso tesoro nel letto del fiume Busento che attraversa il centro storico della città. Negli anni a venire, personaggi noti, studiosi e semplici amatori tenteranno invano di ritrovare questo luogo ignoto.
"Every act of foundation is also an act of loss; each foundation is accomplished on the basis of a destruction, on the ruins of something previous, on the ground on which it rests [...] Some foundational places are thought to preserve rather than to erase the violence of their origins, as if the ultimate goal were exactly that of keep the wound open, the trauma in plain sight”
W.J.T Mitchell, Image Science
Medhelan, or "middle ground" or "middle sanctuary" is the oldest name given to the city of Milan. According to the legend in 590 A.C. the priests of a Celtic tribe of the Insubri population were guided by divine signs that led them to a marshy area, near the present Piazza della Scala, where they created a sanctuary. Following propitiatory rites and the recognition of sacred signs in this area, the first inhabited center was established which gave life to the city of Medhelan. In ancient times, to justify and legitimately base the appropriation of a space that was completely taken away from the dominion of nature, a divine origin was sanctioned for its own stable settlement so as to directly involve the gods in the fate of the city.
The project, influenced by the legend of the origin of the city, wants to reflect on the transitory nature of the elements that make up an urban environment in constant change. The photographs taken in the space of the historic center show a place inhabited and stratified over time by religions, symbolisms and different populations. Medhelan thus becomes the image of a city populated by people who, by changing what they have around, are showing traces of an arcane past.