During the night of Monday 6th April, 2009 an earthquake of magnitude 6,2 on the Richter scale hit L’Aquila and many nearby towns, causing almost 300 victims, 1,500 to be wounded and approximately 70 thousand were made homeless.

“Castles made of playing-cards” (2009) is a documentation of those days, where the absence of body-bags, the special sacks used to transport dead bodies in emergencies, many of which Italy has donated to Libya over the past years, required the first rescuers on the scene to wrap the corpses in odd covers found among the rubble. The initial difficulty in organizing rescue operations, caused by the collapse of those very institutions that should have co-ordinated the emergency during its early phases, made the inadequacy of the anti-seismic norms in Italy evident, once again. Far from the regional town-centre, immediately following the quake, but also after many months, numerous inhabitants have had to return to their homes which are still in a precarious condition to salvage their personal belongings: acts of thievery have often robbed the people of their few possessions that had been saved from the earth’s  tremors. With the help of psychologists and clowns, always ready to put a smile on children’s and their parent’s faces, the population is slowly trying to return to normality in a border-line territory between mountains and large extensions of vegetation, placid and at the same time incensed, which seems to admonish, yet again, the hand of devious men. 

CASTLES MADE OF PLAYING-CARDS (2009)