Qualche anno fa la facoltà di Architettura di Roma Tre mi ha chiesto di documentare fotograficamente le soluzioni abitative, l’organizzazione degli spazi, e la convivenza fra gli occupanti dell’ex palazzo Inpdap (Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme a Roma). Ogni persona che ho incontrato in quei giorni vive questo palazzo come un vero “condominio”, trasformando la propria stanza (concepita a suo tempo per essere un ufficio) secondo il proprio gusto, le possibilità e le proprie esigenze, sperando di rimanerci il più a lungo possibile. Scappati da guerre civili, fallimenti e umane cadute, questi inquilini stanno cercando di vivere pacificamente gli uni con gli altri rispettando usi, costumi e religioni del prossimo, grazie a una regolamentazione che implica diritti e doveri fondamentali. Dal picchetto obbligatorio, alla collaborazione nelle aree comuni.
During 2016, Roma Tre University asked me to report the “home feeling” in this occupied building in Rome (ex Inpdap building in Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme). Every single person i met here lives this place like “home”, making these rooms look like itself, designing what they can to make it confortable, hoping to stay as long as possible. Escaped from violent and poor countries, or coming from difficoult lifes, this people is tryng to live peacefully in a very complex and multireligiuos “society” thanks to respectfull rights and duties.
I have had the chance to meet Marc Van Rampelberg in his studio/showroom in Nairobi to portrey him. He has invented a unique way to work with wood by dividing it in slices, put it together, and create very smooth and rounded shapes. These items are all handmade, made with the best hard woods you can imagine, heavy and precious like the weight of their worth. I felt so grateful to have had this time with him.
Ho avuto l’occasione di conoscere Marc Van Rampelberg nel suo studio/showroom di Nairobi per ritrarlo. Ha inventato un modo unico di lavorare il legno dividendolo in strati che poi vengono uniti e messi insieme creando forme morbide e rotondeggianti. Questi mobili sono interamente fatti a mano, creati dal legno migliore che esista, pesanti e preziosi. Un bellissimo incontro, passare del tempo con lui è stato illuminante.
“The hot air balloons of Santa Candida are one of the most beautiful festivals in the Mediterranean attracting fans and tourists from all over the world for the thrills that it leaves in the hearts of people of all ages.
In 2011 the festival of Santa Candida was awarded by the Minister of Tourism with the recognition of “Traditional Heritage of Italy” for its ability to keep alive the folklore of its area, renewing traditional happenings, adapting them to the present times and transforming them into tourist attractors.
If you have never been to Ventotene, the best time is the weekend before the Festival of Santa Candida, patron saint of the small island. This is an event that combines religious traditions and unique artistic activities. The processions and songs of the local band fill the streets while the sky is filled with coloured paper balloons.
Tourist attraction and now icons of Ventotene, the balloons (called “O pallon/pallò”) meaning ‘of paper’ have their origins in the ‘votive worship’ to the Saint. The young people of the island are challenged in a series of launches of hot air balloons made with tissue paper and decorated by hand, which become real masterpieces even if their destiny is already told.
After the launch, the balloons fueled by the “stuppolo”, rags and papers soaked in naphtha, fly out and fall into the open sea often leaving the many spectators that come here specially for the show, open mouthed in wonder.
The religious program begins with the celebration of the Solemn Mass on 10 September, during which the statue of the Saint is displayed in front of the gathered faithful, and has its climax on 20 September with the procession through the streets of the island.
Every September 19th, during the Traditional Games, the long-awaited race is held where the island’s boys compete to get the best balloon prize. What for many may seem a tourist attraction on the island of Ventotene, for many islanders still represents a synergy with the religious and remembrance moments.
On September 20, the air becomes more solemn. Ventotene wakes up early in the morning, with songs and sounds accompanying the path of the patron saint, from house to house, where it is traditional to set up a small banquet for breakfast as a symbol of offering.
It is the day of the procession through the streets of the village. All wait nervously for the passage of Santa Candida. The atmosphere remains cheerful throughout the day, when the launches of the hot air balloons and traditional games continue: a way to rejoice in the event and to unite the different generations of the island.
To close the festivities, a fireworks show paints the sky and leaves its spectators breathless.
An event rich in faith, culture, tradition and fun, inextricably linked to the name of Ventotene.”
Thanks for the article to Filippo Spoletini and discoverplaces.travel