Webinar National Research Council
Speech by the President of the Mediterranean Pearls DMO at the webinar of the CNR-INSTITUTE OF HISTORY OF MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE
Railway landscapes for territorial sustainability and local development. Small steps towards the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (SNSvS)
Of traveling on trains that no longer pass
The documentary photo-reportages inaugurated in 2019 by the Mediterranean Pearls International Cooperation, with the contribution of MIBAC and the Sicilian Region, with the first of the volumes dedicated to the disused railways in Sicily (next in 2021 a volume on disused mining sites that have often been built next to railway stations now dismissed) was created to go in search of the memory of trains that no longer pass, in search of the conscious representation of the underlying opacity of a railway heritage left in abandonment. A railway still armed but without a train, an unattended station, glimpses of landscapes within landscapes, landscapes now of memory and now of forgetfulness that make one forget and perhaps prevent a new landscape.
The popular photographic volumes and audiovisual documentaries of the Mediterranean Pearls International Cooperation are made for the benefit of schools and libraries, to enhance the tourist offer of places next to closed stations, to those almost non-existent sediments that could be reborn as new green infrastructures usable by all. Mediterranean Pearls believes in the potential of knowledge of industrial archeology in the territories, from mining sites to railways, bridges and viaducts, and collaborates with Public Administrations and tour operators to design niche and high quality trips in spaces undecided and suspended, also through the creation of editorial and cultural products.
The idea of combining the languages of audiovisual art and sharing with all fans of this kind of journey of knowledge also proves to be an excellent opportunity to communicate what can be regenerated, for what manages to bring circular economy to places. With the help of photography and the visual documentary, one of the simplest and most understandable languages is available, supports that remain and that are easy to consult as books with images have always been, containers of creativity and knowledge.