Text, audio and photographs by Irene Santoni
“Convictus” stems from the desire to testify to the marginal reality of the sothwest suburb of Rome, the capital of Italy as well as the only real metropolis in the country. To convey this content, no place is more evocative than Corviale, a demotic building that covers the area of one kilometer, designed by the Architect Mario Fiorentino and built during the 70s.
“Convictus” comes from latin and means communal life, coexistence, provocatively refers to the basic principle that lies behind Corviale: a new way of living together and the will of a building to become a city. This idea, however, turned into a disaster and the bet to focus positively on such a structure thousands of inhabitants was wrecked before it even begins.
Built in the countryside outside Rome, this huge gray concrete “Serpentone” – Big Snake (so nicknamed by Roman citizens), it’s composed by six sites where more than 10.000 people actually lives (it is impossible to give an assured datum since nowdays after 40 years the fourth floor is still illegally inhabited).
After that, I decided to step inside their homes to discover the hidden soul behind Corviale, what it truly represents and what it means for tenants who live there.
For many people, Corviale is synonymous of decay, but it’s not so, nay it’s not only so. It would be enough to break down a wall of prejudice and look at Corviale with an unbiased eye to better understand.
“Convictus” is a story built on a series of portraits and photos of urban landscape, where the relationship between interior and exterior is continuous, without interruptions; a social insight enliven by the audio testimonial of people portrayed in the photos.
PORTRAITS & INTERVIEW (ITA)
Ventura Flora P.