Recently scientists and philosophers have defined the zone in which all life on Earth is created and sustained as The Critical Zone. It is the heterogeneous, near surface environment in which complex interactions involving rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms regulate the natural habitat and determine the availability of life-sustaining resources. Capitalistic society has been driven by the constant exploitation of natural resources, and infinity growth. This has left behind a new layer of cultural heritage (trash, mines, pollution, depleted soils), which speaks out loud of our society and its habits in anthropogeological terms.
"Giuseppe Licari’s photos of the toxic dumps and quarries nearby give a more visual, visceral clue to the polluted past – these otherworldly holes look more like they’re Icelandic glaciers, or one of Saturn’s moons. They remind you of scenes from Michaelangelo Antonioni’s 1960s cinema classic Il Deserto Rosso, set around the petro-chemical plants of Ravenna." Christopher Beanland, The Independent UK.
Licari was born in Sicily in 1980, studied Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy and Monumental Art at AKI Enschede, the Netherlands.