The main testimonies of the Lombard civilization in Italy won, in 2011, the prestigious recognition of UNESCO heritage through the inscription of the serial site "The Lombards in Italy. The Places of Power (568-774 A.D.)," The Associazione Italia Langobardorum, the structure that manages the serial site, felt the need to make a journey through the seven properties inscribed in the site and to narrate, through a unified and harmonious vision, its most significant aspects, including in its relationship with its users.
to Pasquale Palmieri the task of "focusing to the unities and differences of this precious heritage through photography, a powerful method of investigation to learn about one's past and identity.
The result of this journey through the wonderful history of the Lombards in Italy and through the territories in which these monuments are located, has resulted in an exhibition with photographs printed on large format canvas, depicting the Gastaldaga area with the Lombard temple and the Episcopal complex to Cividale del Friuli (UD), the monumental area with the monastic complex of San Salvatore - Santa Giulia to Brescia, the castrum with the Tower of Torba and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas to Castelseprio Torba (VA), the Basilica of San Salvatore to Spoleto (PG), the Tempietto del Clitunno to Campello sul Clitunno (PG), the complex of Santa Sofia to Benevento and the Sanctuary of San Michele to Monte Sant'Angelo (FG).
The architectures portrayed, in addition to expressing art forms of singular beauty, identify the places marked by the presence and role that this population of Nordic origin had in the Italian peninsula. The photographs unveil perfectly preserved architecture, evidence of a very relevant past, made up of invasions but also of integration between different cultures. The images, while narrating places distant in space, show how in different places that "will to power" takes shape, that programmatic design of the Lombard elites who wanted to place themselves in continuity with the unsurpassed Roman civilization.
The author relates that he set out on this journey without a specific plan, but moved from two attractions. As an architect, driven by the desire to investigate the complexity and continuous transformation of space, its infinite information, trying to understand the spirit of the place and the elements with which man has intended to identify himself. As a photographer, aware of using an expressive medium in which unpredictability and randomness play a primary role, he moved as an explorer of unknown spaces.