The etching print series Veniceland focuses on visual juxtapositions revolving around the clashing relationships between Venice’s ancient architecture and the contemporary tourist industry. As a Venetian, I feel frustrated that old and new artworks concerning my city are often depicting similar peaceful landscapes. Decade after decade, I have rarely seen something fresh or original inspired by my city. Venice is so beautiful that it does not need much imagination to inspire a captivating image. Moreover, no one has brought to the publics attention the dramatic state of a city that is being destroyed by cruise ships propellers that are slowly eroding the foundations of the city. The tourists bring money to Venice but on the other hand have denaturalized city trades and work opportunities. Veniceland subject matter is based on the concept that Venice is no longer a city but a theme park. Charities, such as Venice in Peril, are helping Venice, but as long as cruise ships are allowed to pass in Bacino S. Marco, in the lagoon in front of St. Marks’ Square, the city will continue to submerge centimeter by centimeter.
Veniceland etchings are part of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Clifford Chance and Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.