A Million Dollar Smile was born on the first anniversary of Nicky Hayden’s death, which took place in 2017 in Italy near Misano. It was exhibited in Imola on the occasion of the WorldSBK championship race in the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit, in honor of the American driver who had raced his last race on the Imola track the year before.
The exhibition is made up of 69 photographs, almost all of the 50 x 70 cm format, mounted with frames.
To accompany the exhibition, the text by Alessandro Pasini, which recalls the champion.
If I tell you that everyone liked Nicky, those who didn’t know him will think: here’s the usual hypocrisy when someone leaves. He suddenly becomes a hero, insignificant details are transformed into businesses, defects are forgotten, misdeeds go to the archive as if death suddenly made everyone innocent and equal. As if dying were not the only fate from which no one escapes, even if he is used to flying at 300 per hour.
Well, that’s not the case with Nicky. Everyone really liked Nicky. And everyone for good reason.