Qui Riposa: Photographs of Tuscany

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In the summers of 2010 and 2011 I photographed abandoned farm buildings in Tuscany. These images are intended for a future exhibit or book project. The title, Qui Riposa, is taken from a common epitaph found on Italian tombs, which is the equivalent of “Here Lies” or “At Rest”. The buildings were abandoned in the last few decades as agriculture industrialized in Italy. A way of life on the land that had existed for centuries in Tuscany changed dramatically after World War II. Many of the photographs were taken at night, when the sense of abandonment in the rural areas is particularly profound. This body of work and these subjects closely parallel my projects in Louisiana, specifically Vestiges of Grandeur: The Plantations of Louisiana’s River Road, which documents the agrarian landscape and the historical architecture of that culture, much of it abandoned and in compromised condition.

—Richard Sexton