Viale's early works investigate the call for empathy with nature with veiled irony, using images explicitly referable to the clichés within the contemporary collective imagination.

Here "exotic" landscape is a non-place, a huge plastic-coated postcard through which one transits, on vacation or virtually.

Marcella Beccaria's catalogue text La vera vacanza della post-turista, in If You Lived Here You'd be Home by Now, Galleria Carbone, Turin, 1998