What is so extraordinary about the Galápagos archipelago that it has the strength to evoke, in those who visit and imagine these islands, the most fascinating and at the same time the most ambiguous scenarios? Splendid and wild, with a nature of petrified turbulence, with the dazzling black of the lava flows, the crowded presence of living beings, they are places set in the sea, defended by their unattainability. It is difficult to answer, but it is enough to pronounce the name to see awakened attention mixed with curiosity in the listener. It is the reaction of those who somehow "know", have heard of them, imagined and dreamed of them. It is no coincidence that for centuries the Galápagos have been called Islas Encantadas. The enchantment here is not the aesthetic one, the wonderful one, but the magical one, the enchantment.
The jagged geography of Georgia and its troubled history go hand in hand, made as they are of tiring ascents and abrupt descents, little air, little relaxation to catch a breath. Like life, all things considered. And in this trek, as we go on, we understand better and better that the senses go beyond words. Perhaps the best quality of the Georgian's nature is being able to transgress his own singularity, not to consider himself for himself, but to project himself into the other and open himself to the possible.
Is it still possible to travel? One could wonder, at this point, if travel does not go beyond tourism: yes, it transcends it, because in theory it accompanies every form of movement, since travel is considered not only a desire, but also the result of bodily experience , psychological, sensitive and intellectual linked to the fact of moving in space, regardless of the forms and motivations of the movement. The journey actually appears to be a move of the spirit, a particular experience of the mind and body. In other words, it is an experience of the world that tourism infrastructures undermine and would do well to preserve instead.
Anna Castelli, Rodolphe Christin, Davide Coppo, Bea De Giacomo, Stephen Gill, Adrianna Glaviano, Ruska Jorjoliani, Leslie Kern, Parag Khanna, Franco La Cecla, Lawrence Osborne, Jacopo Ottaviani, Valentina Pigmei, Luca Trevisani participated in the issue .
27.5 × 21 cm, Softcover, 2022,