Francesca Pili (IT)


01 March - 24 March

Image: Francesca Pili, ABRUXAUS, 2019.

Tourism and catastrophe collide in Sardinia.


01 March - 24 March


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Wildfires have ravaged the Italian island of Sardinia for several summers. The fires are just one of the problems affecting the island of Sardinia. Frenzied mass-tourism brings thousands of people to the island, but some fear it does not allow for the economy to develop organically.

The Italian photographer Francesca Pili’s tongue-in-cheek dystopia places tourists into the burnt landscape, as sunbathers and revellers continue their holidays while the island burns. The project’s title refers to a local phrase directed at the arsonists often responsible for these fires.

Curated by PHOTO Australia Supported by RMIT University

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

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01–24 March