Matteo Capone was born in 1997 in Rome. In 2020, he graduated in Photography from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Rome with Honors. This institute allowed him to know and deepen the world of photography and to mature both as a person as an author. The visual arts have always intrigued and fascinated him, thus, he chose to become a photographer to get to know different places, people and cultures, to express his feelings and to actively contribute to important social issues.
SIN is a photographic documentation project that focuses on topical issues like pollution and environmental protection. In Italy there are 12,482 potentially contaminated areas; 38 are considered highly polluted. The “Ronchi decree” (1997) has been established to distinguish and declare these locations as Sites of National Interest (S.I.N.).
The work concerns three SINs located in central Italy: the municipalities of Bussi sul Tirino and Piano d’Orta in Abruzzo; Terni and the small hamlet of Papigno in Umbria; Orbetello in Tuscany. All of these sites are located near natural and tourist areas, there is similar pollution. All have former factories of the Montecatini mining and chemical company (1888-1966), active or abandoned chemical poles, asbestos in a pulverized state, and huge waste dumps that arise in the valleys or are stationed underground.