Wor.sheep | Upcycled Project, 2018
In the town I grew up in, a farmer used to come every spring with his sheep for the transhumance, he used to stay around the city walls for 1 month more or less.
Chilling on the walls of my town I saw some sheep and I just wanted to stop there to look at them. There were different kinds of sheep, and I couldn’t notice that some of them were marked with different colours and lines. There was a point where I had the idea for WOR.SHEEP upcycled collection.
My gut told me: “I want to photograph a lamb with an anarchy mark on it!”, and so I did it.
Finding a farmer is not as easy as it seems... I searched online, through phone calls, and after a lot of research, on an old article from a random newspaper, I found one. His name was Raffaele, a 45 years old man who lost his job in the crisis and reinvented himself as a farmer (nowadays with more than 100 sheep). He was exactly what I was looking for! Because there were no contacts, I phoned the council of his village to try to find him, and surprisingly, after a few weeks, they put each other in touch. The shooting day went amazing, I had the opportunity to spend a day with Raffaele and his fold. Raffaele is an example of a strong man, able to reinvent himself in a special way nowadays. It was really inspiring for me and gave me the idea to start this collection with upcycled spare materials from my student time. As a symbol of rebirth, here is the lamb!