Foglie di Cavolo 2020
Introspective and self-exploratory, “Foglie di Cavolo” (Cabbage Leaves) is a publication by Siria Toccafondi which investigates the cultural differences and similarities of the British and Italian landscapes; the artist – who is originally from Italy and has lived in England for 3 years – presents a series of photographs which illustrate her personal experience of integration and homesickness between the two environments.
“Foglie di Cavolo” consists of photographs taken in both countries, with various photographic apparatuses, connected together by an atmosphere of ambiguity created by a fragmented sequencing and editing. The work originates from the artist’s revaluation of her relationship with her homeland; as she questions her national identity, where she belongs, Toccafondi attempts to find her answers by observing her surroundings. Toccafondi uses imagery as a tool to analyse what makes a homeland truly a home and where she can find hers; this work represents the fissure between these explorations.
“Two truths approach each other. One comes from inside, the other from outside, and where they meet
we have a chance to catch sight of ourselves.”
– Tomas Tranströmer