Giovanni’s Moon Safari project captured our attention with its beautiful but almost surreal vision of a grey Canadian landscape. Accompanied by text from Meredith Kratzmann, Giovanni’s Canadian wife, the images offer haunting insight into the experience of living in a new country.
Black bears are quite common in the great Canadian outdoors, although not so banal as to be expected in the Tim Hortons parking lot. But when they are found in such urban Canadian environments it is because they are hungry. In search of a good steady supply of food not provided by their natural habitat, and yes, usually alone being the solitary beasts that they are. A euphemism, perhaps, for the Canadian immigrant in this new project by recently landed Italian/Roman native Giovanni Capriotti, who seems to be telling a very personal story in Moon Safari of the lonely outsider in a new, unfamiliar and even otherworldly landscape.
Usually his fey backdrops and hyper real subjects tell of enchanting tales, but here they seem to portray a cold, chilly environment – physically, geographically and, I guess, even emotionally for this gregarious and passionate Mediterranean boy. Capriotti admits, “I decided to call it Moon Safari and not the Great Canadian Outdoors, which was what I was first calling it, because it feels like everyone is seeking permanent residency in this ‘new world’ as a sort of reward or a big conquer like the moon was back in the sixties, but are you really sure you we could live on the moon?”