Nowadays we have strongly accustomed to see images about migrants in the media. They always look quite the same and migrants are treated barely more than numbers.
Refusing the usual frames of pain and misery, this work wish to give back the stories and the faces behind those numbers and testify an unknown aspect about refugees that deserved to be told, very different from what we use to see. Carried out in the northern Italy, this photographic project document a big number of structures that together models the heterogeneous complex of the unseen "reception system" for migrants, refugees and asylum-seeker Italy. It’s an investigation through stories and places, different among them but often very similar, especially in Europe.
The expression "structures" is used here as generic term, consciously gathering a broad set of housing and life situations sometimes at the antipodes. As shown in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 titled “Reporting from the front”, the connection between photographic image and architecture is even more important in order to get a properly informed general public and think in new social policies at once.
In order to be exhaustive, the work started exploring cases where reception totally failed or has never happened at all, passing then through the ordinary reception up to social housing cases, which are an important step toward a future integration. The separation from the society is still clear, even if with encouraging signals for the future.
If integration is the final goal, we cannot talk about immigration policies and cultural integration without an active role played by the local society first.