Federica Valabrega

Documentary Photographer
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Nationality: Italian
Biography: bio:  Federica was born in Rome, Italy in 1983, but spent most of her adult life living between Boulder, Co., Washington, D.C., and, since 2010 New York City. In 2008, Federica received a Master Degree in Journalism and documentary... read on
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Perché le radici sono dure da piantare, ma quando le pianti, rimango, impavide, radicate come se piantate nel cemento e per tirarle fuori non basta indebolirle, bisogna fare un buco in quest"™asfalto, bagnarlo e tirarle fuori con garbo, con grazie. Le radici vengono via solo se si vuole, se le si accompagna, sennò rimangono piantate dove si sono istallate, restie da ogni movimento, da ogni piccola scossa.  Radicate.

Roots are hard to plant, but once they have grown inward to the ground, they are incredibly difficult to pull out. They ingrain themselves deep underneath the soil as if they were planted inside cement. To rip them out one cannot only weaken them, one has to punch a hole in the asphalt, and, with grace, easy them out, making sure not to leave any remnants behind, or else they will re-form. Roots come out only if accompanied, otherwise they remain where they have been planted. They keep on growing, completely untouched by any movement. Embedded.

Le radici le devi guardare dal di fuori, devi capirne i nodi, le pieghe, devi vedere che gli intrecci sono fatti per affondare nel terreno ancora più in profondità. Per radicarsi laggiù nel profondo dell"™essere sotterraneo e freddo, dove nessuno tranne loro puoi arrivare.

You have to looks the roots from the outside of their flowers, you have to understand their knots and their folds, you have to follow the twists and turns they make before they dive into the ground, cavernous. To eradicate themselves there, in the depth of the soil where nobody except us can get to.

La cosa curiosa di queste radici però è che sono infinite nel loro moltiplicarsi. Non vi è fine alla loro fantastica natura di adattarsi ovunque, di penetrare in ogni dove anche se solo per poco, anche se solo per qualche secondo. Il difficile e sradicarle, strapparle al sottosuolo perché una volta penetrato esso, loro continuano il proprio moltiplicarsi nel ventre della gravida terra.

The curious nature of these roots is their infinite capability to multiply themselves. There is in fact no end to their bizarre nature to adapt everywhere, to their ability for branching out endlessly. The difficult task is trying to eradicate them, as once deep inside the mother soil, they cannot, but continue multiplying.

Le radici sono solo una parte che lasciamo dietro di noi, piantate nella pancia della madre terra. Poi, una volta di nuovo in viaggio, saremo pronti a piantarne altre.

Roots are only one part of the self we leave behind embedded in the belly of mother earth. Then, once we depart on another journey, we will learn to plant new ones once again.  


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