This region has played an important role in the history of Europe since it was included in a complex defensive system of bunkers created by the Nazis during the Second World War: the Atlantic Wall, a huge project, commissioned by Hitler to ensure the defence of the European coastline from the attacks of the Allies. Popular during the 1950s and 1960s, when the upper class of Copenhagen chose it to build summer estates, since a few decades the region has progressively changed face. The main activities such as fishing and agriculture are almost paralyzed by severe depopulation and the entire area, crescent-shaped, has earned the unwelcome nickname of “rotten banana”.
For twenty-three days the artist travelled through this land, following the path created by the defensive system of bunkers, encountering young fishermen and sailors on the run, pipe’s smoking champions and hippies in extinction, and he has been in Cold Hawaii, the Scandinavian’s mecca for surfers. The photographic research analysed the contact between two different scenarios. How do these monumental remains of the past, so inevitably close to the aesthetics of the landscape, are affecting the contemporary world? Does the deprivation of an important human presence allow us to see more clearly what are the elements that characterize the identity of these places? Is there a possible balance between the current retreat from this territory and a terrible memory that emerges from the landscape itself? What remains of this trip is an insight on men’s failure, in the form of bunkers and abandonment of a land too wild to be inhabited.