SIN – Matteo Capone


In Italy there are 12,482 potentially contaminated areas: 38 are considered highly polluted.

Indeed, the “Ronchi” decree (1997) was established to distinguish and declare them Sites of National Interest (SIN). The work concerns three SIN sites located in central Italy – the municipalities of Bussi sul Tirino and Piano d’Orta in Abruzzo, Terni and the small hamlet of Papigno in Umbria, and Orbetello in Tuscany. 

All of these sites are located near naturalistic and tourist areas, where there are similar levels of pollution. All three SIN sites have former factories of the Montecatini company, the main cause of pollution being active or abandoned chemical poles, asbestos in a pulverised state, and huge waste dumps that arise in the valleys or are stationed underground. 

This work is a deep study about Italian territory that has been polluted during the first half of the 20th century by the Montecatini company. It was an important and historic Italian chemical company founded in 1888 in Florence – the company mainly made chemical fertilisers, ammonia, sulphuric acid and other similar products. It ceased its activity in 1966 following its incorporation into Edison and the consequent birth of the Montecatini Edison group, later Montedison. 

You can read and find out more about this history here and view a collection of historical pictures and advertising campaigns. The first helps to better understand the difference between past and present while the second helps to understand how ignorance is one of the most negative conditions that people can assume, and how the media can often confuse ideas rather than clarify them.

I was born in Rome in 1997. I became interested in photography in 2016 and took some evening courses at a photographic academy. From that moment, I decided to devote myself entirely to the study of visual arts. The year after I started a degree in photography at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome where I graduated from in September 2020.

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