Suburban identities

IDENTITY Project delivers the point of view of suburban teenagers on the outskirts of Milan, in the ultimate accessible fanzine format.

After being in the spotlight for so long, and often for the wrong reasons, the suburbs are now living a reinassence, both from an urbanistic and a perception standpoint.

In Milan, this trend probably lines up with the long wave of expo 2015 but, rather than fading away, what is happening in its outskirts is becoming increasingly relevant and consistent.

The thruth is that most of it is actually coming from grass–roots, or more correctly from the streets. And if we agree that Street Photography is one of the most instinctive and effective way to deliver a story of social change, and that youth still could—and should—be a strong development agent, it’s from outlying young street photography that one should start.

With IDENTITY project, photographer Mara Palena and curatorial duo T14 have accordingly joined forces in a series of workshops devoted to the teenager residents of Barona, Casoretto and Giambellino neighborhoods, bringing them not just new inputs (did you know that the so called photographic error is not a mistake anymore?) but even analogic cameras and film, so that every picture had to be taken with some deeper–than–instagramish thought to it.

The outcome is a limited edition of three fanzines that, together with their young authors, will be revealed to the public on February 22nd from 5 pm to 9 pm at Twenty14 Contemporary gallery in via Luigi Mangiagalli 5, Milano.

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