Matteo Sigolo

“Imbarcadero”, the venetian pier, is a place of transition. It floats on water while attached to land; it’s a covered space but has windows all around. It’s a unique waiting place, where everyone’s life stops for a few minutes, in a panoramic ensemble of silhouettes, reflections and layers. Everything swings with the waves, every noise is softened by the water. Within these new transitions, so different to what I was used to before moving to Venice, I found myself watching and listening – I recognized myself in other people’s wait and I isolated them and myself into big frames of outside view. The most crowded piers, in the most touristy areas, don’t often offer this kind of opportunities; the less busy ones, that’s where the patient rhythm of Venice defines itself best. Those where you can stand in such a small place and feel the illusion of a much wider space move quietly all around. Those where everyone, alone, waits with everyone else.

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