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Red Desert Chronicles ( postcards from Ravenna )

In 2008 I released a record for Adriano Zanni, under the alias Punck, titled “Piallassa ( Red Desert chronicles ).
The record was inspired by a coincidence which involved Adriano and Michelangelo Antonioni’s masterpiece “The Red Desert”. The movie was shot in 1964 in the valley of Piallassa, an area north of the city of Ravenna which has a ghostly and suggestive aspect. Adriano Zanni was born in 1964 in Piallassa, and he dedicated to Antonioni’s his more personal and romantic record, built around field recordings of the area he grew up and electronic manipulation.

As well as great experimental musician, Adriano is also one of my favourite photographers, with his somber style, so close to my aesthetic ideas.

Fifty years after the film's release, this collection of photos titled “Red Desert chronicles ( Postcards from Ravenna )” is the natural prosecution to Punck’s work published on record in 2008.
Whilst listening to the record evoked images from the place, these images are sounding as those empty and solitary places.


The collection is made of 61 single prints and a booklet, printed on recycled paper, housed in a hard carton box with screenprinted cover.

Photography: Adriano Zanni
Words: Paolo Ippoliti, Federica Angelini, Onga
Layout: Cruzlab
Print: Legno, Nero