On the plains of Emilia in Northern Italy, there still exist buildings that have no apparent architectural merit and don't attract anyone's attention: these derelict farmhouses lie dotted around the countryside, waiting only for someone to rediscover them. In an era when forgetting has become a habit, Giancarlo Pradelli invites us once again to enjoy the pleasures of silence and absence. He adopts the viewpoint of the observer who, in spite of the melancholy of a rural culture that has all but disappeared in the modern world, knows how to convey the dignity of objects created by man. Spare, direct black-and-white pictures that have nothing rhetorical about them. Using the play of the light and carefully balanced compositions, the skeletal shapes reveal buildings transformed by their dereliction, but which in the process have acquired an unwonted grace and elegance. Text in English, French, and Italian.