Italy is out (2015-2018)

What does it mean to be an Italian abroad today?
The purpose of this photographic essay is to invite the exploration of the common background elements leading Italians to migrate, but also to explore the specific characteristics of migration contexts across time and space from an historical and social perspective. The intent of the project is to collect stories of life involving Italian communities and individuals belonging to different generations. The first one is represented by the the economic migrants departed around the half of the 20th century. The second typology involved are descendants of Italians who born and grow up away from Italy. The last category involved is about the new young generations of people who are living Italy in these last fifteen years.
This approach would incentivize a reflection about the idea of ‘italianita' perhaps redundant and certainly over determined by stereotypes. The final work is developed through a series of portraits of Italians abroad and their personal objects which tell the story of the family and the connections with the Italian culture.

The research is part of the AHRC-funded project 'Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures' involving researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Queen Margaret, St Andrews, and Warwick which commissioned this work.
Valerie Lee Di Benedetto, Clerkenwell, London (ENG) 2015
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Alberto Varnero, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) 2017
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Sara Tesfai, Cambridge (ENG) 2015
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Riccardo Iorio, La Plata, (ARG) 2016
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Maria Domenica Arcuri, Hackney, London, (ENG) 2016
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Antonia Dawes, Brixton, London (ENG) 2016
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Vittorio Valentino, La Manouba (Tunisia) 2018
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Cesar Toffolo, La Plata, (ARG) 2016
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Alberto Di Lorenzo, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) 2017
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Francesco Guercio, Brooklyn, New York (USA) 2016
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Riccardo Dessupoiu, La Plata, (ARG) 2016
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Simone Tolomeo, La Plata, (ARG) 2016
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Andrea Cabrera, La Plata (ARG) 2016
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Simona and Cloe Scaduto, Bromley, London (ENG) 2015
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Alfonso Campisi, La Marsa (Tunisia) 2018
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Rita Strazzera, Tunis (Tunisia) 2018
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Nikita Pironti, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) 2017
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Giorgia Giunta, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) 2017
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Domenico Marraffini and Filomena Bolgona, Ensenada, (ARG) 2016
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Edvige and Claudia Giunta, Teaneck, New Jersey (USA) 2016
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Annalisa Pastore, Harrington Park, New Jersey (USA) 2016
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Julia della Croce, Nyack, New York State (USA), 2016
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Peter Covino, Teaneck, New Jersey (USA) 2016
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Calogero Savoca, Bronx, New York (USA) 2016
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Elsa Gasparinetti, La Plata, (ARG) 2016
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