On November 2, 1994, the Italian government declared a waste emergency in Campania. The entire waste-management chain was placed under the administration of an Extraordinary Government Commission for an initial ten months. Eighteen years later, nothing had changed. The commission was tasked with investigating the illegal industrial and domestic waste disposal that had overrun the region—a result of relationships between criminal organisations, Italian businessmen and corrupt politicians. But the same organisations that had helped create the problem found a way to infiltrate the body set up to …
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Unchecked Chain

Tellurico

On November 2, 1994, the Italian government declared a waste emergency in Campania. The entire waste-management chain was placed under the administration of an Extraordinary Government Commission for an initial ten months. Eighteen years later, nothing had changed. The commission was tasked with investigating the illegal industrial and domestic waste disposal that had overrun the region—a result of relationships between criminal organisations, Italian businessmen and corrupt politicians. But the same organisations that had helped create the problem found a way to infiltrate the body set up to solve it.

Five million cubes of compacted waste originally destined for an incinerator were found to be below standards for burning and have accumulated in the Masseria del Re district in the suburbs of Naples. This waste transformed the suburban landscape, creating a junk district where garbage was stored for almost fifteen years. Through a multi-channel video installation, Tellurico juxtaposes political rhetoric with personal stories from people involved in the waste industry, alongside images of illegal dumping and the new geography of rubbish in the fields outside Naples. Combined, they reveal the complexity and absurdity of this junk scenario, shining a spotlight on junk’s power dynamics and its impact on the wellbeing of communities.

Credits

Concept by Tellurico

Video Editing: Gabriele Mariotti, Francesco Pace

Drone Operator: Luca Baylon

Photos courtesy of Tellurico Design Studio

References

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Bio

Tellurico is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Netherlands specialised in objects and installations design, founded in 2017. The investigation of alternative solutions through the study of folklore together with the relationship between crafts and the environment create the context in which the Tellurico’s practice takes place.

Contacts

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