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Arles 2013: –Alessandro Imbriaco


Characteristic of new forms of documentary, this work is a reflection on how to talk about social issues without falling into the trap of using overly emotional images and losing track of the reality of situations. For years Alessandro Imbriaco has been looking at the issue of poor housing that is so recurrent in many big European cities. In the course of his work, he discovered "Angela's garden", a space situated under a viaduct of the Eastern bypass in Rome. This garden, on abandoned marshy land, paradoxically became the refuge for a homeless family whose story Alessandro Imbriaco tells through his photography. 
The strength of his work lies in the disquiet we feel in discovering these photos, which aren't presented as social documentary but rather as a sort of Eden in which people live and survive with dignity in a twenty-first century European city under conditions that appear to be from another era...

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