"Ritratto d'Italia, Secature" at Bassano Fotografia 2019 Fuoripalazzo (Bassano del Grappa, IT), 2019.

Secare comes from the Latin and it means to cut, to saw and, figuratively, to cleave through.

In the architectural practice, the corresponding concept could be said to be sectioning. It is therefore the section, whether vertical or horizontal, flat or perspective, the drawing and the method used, as well as a control tool, for instance, to grasp the existing relationships between the building and the context in which it will be arised, between inside and outside, below and above. It is the stratagem of the architectural representation to show, or sometimes even to establish, a dialogue between apparently non-communicating environments. It is the occasion to explore them in their internal component, unveiling them through the section line that crosses the most intimate sides. The section is therefore the maximum opportunity and the most suitable tool to explore also the relations, then, on a lower scale, between parts constituting the same interior.

But, in this case, the geometric meaning is the most interesting.

In geometry, in fact, secare means, on the contrary, to consider the points that a curve or a surface has in common with a straight line or a surface. More generally, it means to consider the points in common of two curves, or to two surfaces, or a curve and a surface.

Secare is no longer considered as a dividing gesture. On the contrary, it is seen as a unifying action.

In the pictures of 20 vegetable products coming from and representing the 20 regions of Italy, the secant action cuts in two to bring together and create a new geometric place, a set of points that now have the same common property that is right the fact of having been subjected to the same action.

It becomes the lowest common denominator in the great set of the Italian vegetable products, allowing us to know and appreciate the internal structures too. It acts as a magnifying glass over the ordinary, the one that is often taken for granted and which is now enhanced even in its imperfection, in its caducity which is dictated and amplified by the bivalent blessing/ condemnation represented by the transience that primarily and more quickly invests a product that it comes from sustainable, ethical and ecological crops and that for this reason it is subject to a much faster decay, even though it is of superior quality.

The secant line meets the curves in two or more points and the curves in this case are the fruits and vegetables. No longer separated and defined according to regional labels, they are now unified, united and exalted in their variety, and therefore beauty, within the broader set of the Italian culinary wealth. A zooming-in has been made in to capture the unicum.

 © 2019 by Riccardo Rizzetto.