About myself

I’m an Italian male, 42 years old living in Sardinia. Am I Sardinian? Yes, I’m Sardinian, although I’m a kind of mixed- identities. Cultural identity is not necessarily (and merely)  the one you were born in, but rather the ones that shape your beliefs, values and vision of the world. I feel Sardinian ‘cause I love this land, its ancestral culture with ancient traditions of communalism, loyalty and solidarity. I love its flavors, colors, lights, the nuances, the sounds, the silences and rhythms of this island situated in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. I feel a kind of privileged guy for living in such an amazing place. That’s why I decided, almost a decade ago, to live here – even though I accepted to have less chances in terms of career – rather than in a big and crowded European town. 

But I also belong to other different cultural contexts, since my parents came from the South of Italy (Naples) and I have been living most of my life in Piedmont (Turin, the north of Italy). These two cultures have set me, shaping lots of my assumptions about life and values in a multicultural context. In particular I feel with Turin, the town where I grew up, a deeply symbiotic relationship. Almost every corner of that place comes back in my mind as pleasant flashbacks.

And I feel European. After living in so different contexts I realized that the whole culture of the continent rests on a common vision of the world, based on mutual cooperation and respect.

This sense of belonging to different ‘universes of meaning’ gave me the awareness that there is not a unique way of being in the world, there is not a single vision, a single way of thinking. Everyone is the result of so many visions (or ‘identities’ as Amartya Sen argues) that intersect each other. The beauty and the importance of diversity, the differences that feed the individual awareness in a mosaic of many colors…

What really matters is that we all seek, more or less, the same basic things…

I like writing about cultural and ethnographic stuffs, daily events and politics, since I’m also journalist, although this is not my real job. Instead, my current (paid) job being ‘administration’ in the health private sector.

I like to read basically essays, in particular about ethnography, philosophy, sociology and politics. Sometimes I love to’ isolate’ myself in poetry, the one that, with very few words, can generate a sense of peace and upheaval at the same time. In particular, I have a predilection for haiku, a particular kind of Japanese poetry. And music, that can fascinate and transport every thought…

I have other passions: the care and cultivation of my vegetable garden (particularly natural farming) in Modolo, Bosa (west coast); Sardinian traditional dance and folklore, cinema and all the visual arts (mainly photography and video).

And the curiosity to ‘explore’ new horizons, new opportunities for discovery, going far beyond the barriers of my own limitations and fears, trying to meet the ‘contamination‘ everywhere.

 

P.S.: I apologize for this likely imperfect English text, translated by myself…

Villasimius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Ludovica Zedda