May 2018 Matera, Italy
This story is about how tourism affects the inhabitants of Matera. I have decided to focus on the locals, but still address the issue of tourism. I have tried that with a series of portraits combined with insights into the cityscape to build a connection between the people and the place where they live.
The empty landscapes of Matera represent how European cities are being turned into museums. Almost seeming like the open air museum is closed right now, the visitors left and that is what remains. This idea of museumification has a strong ne- gative association and is sometimes explained as turning a living city into a dead city. Or in some cases, turning a free space for locals into a product for tourists.