ISPA WINNERS - 2021
Jean-Marc Caimi e Valentina Piccinni
This Land Is My Land. An overnight inspection of a grove of dead olive trees ravaged by Xylella disease, in Spongano, Apulia, one of the areas hardest hit by the plant epidemic. The fields have been abandoned pending a change of use and have been rapidly invaded by weeds. 22 million trees are at risk and the epidemic is rapidly moving northwards, threatening the rest of Europe. Thousands of farmers have already lost their life’s work and the entire economy of a region based primarily on olive oil production is collapsing, with devastating repercussions on the landscape and a unique human and cultural heritage.
Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni work together on contemporary stories. Their personal involvement and unfiltered approach to documentary photography, with a focus on human interest, has received international recognition. Their work is regularly published in international publications, including M - Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Politico, The Guardian, GEO, L'Espresso, Internazionale, D di Repubblica, Io Donna and Wired. They have received several prestigious awards such as the Sony World Photography Award in the "Discovery" category, the Gomma Grant for best black and white documentary work, the PHmuseum Of Humanity 2020 Grant and many others. Six of their projects have been published in book form over the past five years and exhibited at international festivals and galleries. With their latest book, "Güle Güle", which was published by André Frère Éditions, they were finalists for the Prix du livre d'auteur d'Arles 2020 and the Prix Nadar. This year they were also among the winners of the RESET Sistema Festival prize and the Planches Contact artist residency.