Grüne Linie is a photographic research on the memory of the events in which a small valley in the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines played a crucial role, when it became part of the war front during World War II.
The project traces a line that connects History to the voices of those who fought and lived in those mountains, following the clues that were left on the region, somewhere in between childhood memories and memories of the conflict.
“Grüne Linie” was the name that the German Army had given to the Gothic Line: a strip of defences and fortifications, which ran along the Apennines, cutting Italy in two, from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic coast. A line that wound through woods and villages, filled with stories of courage and fear, revenge and resistance.
Those stories left an indelible signs in the landscape and in the memory of the few remaining witnesses.
For those who grew up in these woods, the conflict was at first an unconscious childhood memory, when forts were built in the old trenches by children, or the ruins of farmhouses were explored like ruined castles. Then, through the years, the stories, the war finds and the caves, have acquired a deeper meaning.
All this and above all the awareness of the volatility of memory, which is now kept mostly by the tales of the few witnesses still alive, has generated the urgency to document what is hidden in the woods that now cover the mountain.
Grüne Linie is a photographic book by Giancarlo Barzagli, coming with an unpublished story by Wu Ming 2 and a map with hiking trails.
The project, developed over the past 5 years, tells of a mountain territory and of the traces left by the passage of distant events. Ruins of farmhouses occupied by partisans, caves and war finds, immersed in a landscape now covered by woods.
These images are interwoven with photos and archival documents related to the life in the Brigade and finally the portraits of the last partisans left alive.
Wu Ming 2 will followed the paths that led young fighters from Imola to the mountains. From this experience a story came out that connects with the images and that continues the reflection initiated by the author in the book “Il cammino degli dei”.
The map, with several hiking routes divided in different levels of difficulty, is intended to be an invitation to visit those places and to discover in person the stories that still they have to tell.
info and pitcures on https://www.eppela.com/en/projects/18478-grune-linie-a-photographic-book-about-the-resistance
website project: https://www.giancarlobarzagli.com/