“PLACES is an independent artist dummy photobook by elementWo, an Italian photographic duo formed by Sharon Ritossa & Alba Zari. The work focuses on the power of ISIS’ images and visual communication, as well as on the violence of these images and their ability to tell the truth.
So far, ISIS has communicated with the outer world and especially with the West mainly through images and videos shared on social media. The killings were real but many backgrounds were, at least partially, staged. Lately, ISIS has become Western countries’ public enemy no. 1 and is perceived to be at the gates of their civilization. Yet, the majority of westerners know nothing about it except for the bizarre mix of fiction and reality that ISIS wants them to see and be afraid of. The power of this fiction is enhanced by modern technologies, deeply influencing our reality and life and the book aims to visually narrate this violence without showing it. Sharon Ritossa and Alba Zari have been working together since 2014. This is their first book.”