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They walk their path with exemplary dignity. Permanently in the clutches of hardship, they never lose their ability to marvel.”

This is the fate and the story of Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija. It is a story of human suffering, the deprivation of the inalienable right to identity. Yet it is also a story of resistance to the insult of poverty, to the daily difficulties of life and the pitfalls that come with the homogeneous nature of the modern world.

Federica Troisi, a photographer with a rare sensibility, faces the reality of life in an enclave through an experience of solidarity. She directly encounters discrimination, fatigue, hopelessness. Yet she also sees the power of desire and the will to follow a dream against all odds. Their language is unknown to her, but she delves into communicating: she examines the body language, the faces, the gestures, the tears and the smiles. She stubbornly returns to Velika Hoča, a small village of about six hundred souls set in the hills of Metohija.

She spends her days and chats through the nights equipped with camera gear, a microphone and a translator. She visits homes, drinks endless cups of coffee, and participates in the peaceful life of those who have so much to wish for but little or nothing with which to achieve it. Snapping portraits, asking permission, lighting candles, smiling, crying, and sometimes stopping, astonished, at the doorstep of people belonging to an injured nation, incredulous about the future filled with dark clouds that foreshadow darkness.

Returning in the hills of Reggio Emilia, she climbs the Apennine Mountains, to visit a barbarian veteran who contently experiments with living in exile, away from the vulgarity of the world. This encounter with Giovanni Lindo Ferretti, a musician, writer, man of the theater, is fruitful. Together they fill images with new words, establishing emotions by opening different horizons, fresh perspectives. Thus a reflection is created, beyond time and space, that perfectly matches the poetry of portraiture.

Nothing is exceptional, apart from existence.” But this is a new existence that goes down to the roots of the origins of dignified humanity, jealously guarding identity, respectful of the other, devoted to the religion of hospitality.

Federica Troisi and Giovanni Lindo Ferretti offer a collection of images, words and music that strongly depict an enclave of the third millennium, where Europe loses the purpose of its own existence, sinking into an abyss that leads to obscurity. The only possible North Star is the whispered desires of women, men, youth, and children – a faint light of hope which illuminates the darkness.

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NGO DESCRIPTION

The Friends of Dečani is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that is apolitical and non-sectarian. It exclusively pursues the objective of social solidarity in the field of the promotion of culture. Its main activity consists in supporting, promoting and providing information about cultural and humanitarian activities of the Visoki Dečani Monastery, located in Kosovo and Metohija, which was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Association participates in and supports all forms of promotion related to the appreciation, preservation, restoration and development of the cultural and architectural site of the Visoki Dečani Monastery.

Among the numerous initiatives and charity projects, the following stand out: “GiocaHoča” in support of the children living in the enclave; help to “Cucine Popolari”; aid to the studying program “Appartenere al Futuro”; “Le Gioie del Cuore” and “Un Cuore Blu” both in health care field, in favour of cardiopathic and diabetes affected children; the musical plays “Metohijskj maj Tributo a Piero Buscaroli”.

The President of Friends of Dečani is the writer and journalist from Trieste Paolo Rumiz. The steering board is composed by the Vice President and Abbot of the monastere Dečani Padre Sava Janjić, Massimo Cacciari, Danilo Errico, Valentino Pace, Chiara Pennacchioni, Nino Sergi. Duuscia Edizioni is the publishing house of the Friends of Dečani.

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BIOGRAPHIES

Federica Troisi

Born in Reggio Emilia in 1973, she started photography in the early 1990s. Her camera lens is an aid which allows her to be an objective observer of reality. Particularly interested in social issues, she explores different registers to highlight the fundamentals of her poetic structures: the depth of the human experience in every context. Dividing her time between a photo camera and a video camera, she uses everyday life as background, trying to bring back the magical narrative to it, in a variety of frames, from hospitals to local theaters.

In 2002 she exhibited the work “Brazil” in Esterni di Milano and participated in several events in 2009 including “APERTO AL PUBBLICO” Casette Elemosinarie in collaboration with Lorenzo Franzoni and Alessandro Scillitani; in 2014 she was present at the Reggio Film Festival with the short film “Ceneri“. From 2008 to 2014 she worked as a photographer and edited the newspaper “Darvoce informa“. In the summer of 2016, she visited the Balkan region participating as a volunteer in the project conceived for children GiocaHoča, where the idea for the project “Illuminate the Darkness” (I.L.T) was conceived.

Giovanni Lindo Ferretti

Ferretti was born in Cerreto Alpi on 9 September 1953. He is a musician, writer, traveler, horse breeder, and one of the universally accepted founders of Italian punk. The founder of the group CCCP Fedeli alla Linea, which was later transformed into C.S.I. Consorzio Suonatori Independenti, he continually innovates his artistic repertoire, which lead to the musical experience of the band P.G.R. Per Grazia Ricevuta and the epic “Saga, il Canto dei canti, opera equestre“.

In 2002, he founded the Bottega di musica e comunicazione. He has also published the following books with Mondadori: “Reduce” (2006), “Bella gente d’Appennino” (2009) and “Barbarico” (2013). He lives in the home of his ancestors in the Apennine Mountains of Reggio-Emilia.

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