Heritage for sale

Venice (Italy), 2012-2104

HFS is a documentary photography project that pretend to tell in pictures the negative effects of the indiscriminate exploitation of mass tourism in historic cities. The work focuses on a special but emblematic city: Venice. Main Italian city by tourist influx, received, in 2011, 30 million visitors in front of a number of inhabitants that does not exceed 300,000. The increase of daily visitors of big cruise ship has helped increase the number of tourists visiting Venice beyond the maximum amount the city can withstand without imploding.

As a result of these factors we are assisting at the phenomenon of depopulation of Venice, the modification of its social composition and consequent loss of identity.
This is a photographic reflection on the concept of city as a set of relations among people that interact in a certain public space and the impact that mass tourism can have on a social.