Today, nearly 15 million people live on the outskirts of Rome. These territories have to face known difficulties : lack of infrastructure, squatting, piles of garbage. As a result, the suburbs of large Italian cities are often reduced to simple dormitories, characterized by enormous social problems. Rome was one of the first cities in Europe to develop its “borgate”, its periphery. Built in the 1920s without any authorization, sometimes on agricultural land, they were soon populated by families who had to leave their homes in the center of the city to make way for specific areas, such as Via della Conciliazione, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Corso Rinascimento, Via del Mare, among others. Nothing like this has ever happened in other European metropolitan cities. The recent economic crisis has obviously not improved the daily lives of these families who face real social problems. Marginalization and violence are reinforced by the presence of the local mafia.
“In this work, which has been going on for more than two years, I have attempted to show these peripheral areas bordering the city of Rome, a city celebrated for its classical iconography, for its monumental charm. I looked for relationships, passages, dialogues, almost wanting to try to put order in the chaos of reality.”
– Massimo Siragusa