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(And Then You'll see) Through my eyes

Andrea is a 6-year-old child child from Cosenza (Italy) that, from 2016 to 2021, along with his mother lived in an occupied building waiting for a council house. The work tells of his condition and investigates his childhood lived in a housing emergency context. It tells about his everyday life, the relationship with his mother and the place where he lives, the frantic wait for a real home.

I have always wondered, since I was a child, when I watched on TV the ships loaded with refugees arriving in Italy in the 90s, also disembarking in my Crotone, what it meant to live without a home. I lived my childhood in a comfortable state, knowing that I was lucky compared to many other children. My parents have always been very sensitive to these issues, sensitizing me too. This led me to start my first project, initially investigating the issue of the right to housing: to achieve this goal, I put myself in the same conditions as those who experience this problem. In December 2017, close to Christmas, together with a hundred people, I took part in the occupation of a building in the center of the city of Cosenza, in which I lived for the next four months. On the day of the occupation I met Romina and her son Andrea. The two lived in a room in a building occupied since 2016 in the center of Cosenza. I established a very special relationship with them and in the following months I made the decision to tell about their condition. The work aims to answer some questions: how do you experience childhood in a housing emergency? Are children always children, with their games, their imagination, their small and big dramas, or does the environmental and economic discomfort also steal some of their incredible vitality and natural resistance?

In May 2021, after more than four years, Andrea and Romina were assigned a council house.
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