Multi-disciplinary creator Roberta Donatini collaborated with photographer Sharon Ritossa to create Foibe, a photographic map, that arised during their residency at Fabrica, a communication research centre, based in Treviso, Italy.
The starting point of the project was Sharon’s fascination by foibe, deep natural sinkholes typical of the Karst region, situated along the Italian, Slovenian and Croatian borders. At the end of World War Two, these openings were given a new meaning. They started to be used as mass graves to hide the bodies of Italians, Croats, Slovenians and Germans, that were killed for political reasons.
Sharon started to search for these holes, what was followed by photographic research, that aims to reflect the affection of geological structure on social and historical events. This exploration gave birth to a photographic map, beautifully closed together by graphic designer Roberta Donatini. "Folded in 18 parts, the book reveals itself slowly, hiding the photographs until it is fully open. All the pictures have been converted in halftone, to both create images that change appearance depending on where one looks at them from, and to relate with newspaper traditional imagery. The canvas, usually used for the binding of hardcovers, is here given a new purpose, becoming the main material on which text and photographs were screen printed,” described the creators.