“Faiano” is an intimate project related to the loss of my home following the earthquake that hit central Italy in 2009. I am adding verses inspired by the loss of my birthplace and the memories associated with it.
Ida Di Pasquale
L’Aquila earthquake, Italy. 2009.
The father’s house is severely damaged. We are in Faiano, a small village on the slopes of the Gran Sasso. 24 families at the time of the earthquake. Eviction order.
Despite the ban, we only manage to get inside the house for a moment. I quickly take some photos, concentrating on the details, on the objects… they remind me of facts, people, situations and moments that I would like to stop forever… so as not to forget…..
In 2016, another earthquake, in the nearby town of Amatrice. New tremors devastate our little town, now practically abandoned. Red zone. Absolute prohibition to enter the village.
This was followed in 2018 by the demolition of most of the houses in the village, including mine. The house of the tailors, of Federico my father and my grandfather Nicola.
We go inside, but only for a moment… like thieves in their own house, we take a few small souvenirs and a few more photos…
There is only rubble left to take away.
Only memories and cracks, cracks in the heart.
A flower in need of care
A door ajar
The sea that screams
A crack in the wall
The sun going down
And we meet. Again