The aim of the exhibition is to honour and illustrate the results of the Facewall project, a complex, multi-faceted initiative conceived by members of the Compost arts centre for the purpose of presenting the multiethnic nature of the city of Prato to its very own citizens.
Between December 2013 and April 2014, 10,000 pennants printed with photographs of citizens of ethnic origin were distributed free of charge to all those wishing to participate in the Facewall project by hanging them outside the windows and balconies of their homes, in their workplaces and schools and, more generally, in the places where they spend their free time.
Taken by Ilaria Costanzo, each of the photographs illustrates two citizens of different ethnic origin going about their daily business together: the places in which the photos were taken range from the Buddhist temple to the Catholic oratory, a ready-to-wear fashion warehouse to a textile factory, a Muslim butcher to a school.
The aim of the organizers of the Facewall project was “to raise the visibility of those little-seen relationships and exchanges between Italians and ‘foreigners’ – especially Chinese immigrants – which already exist in normal public and private life. Those who show their faces on the pennants hanging throughout the city are not hiding in the shadows, but rather are part of the public life, law abiding citizens who are willing to ‘stand up and be counted’ and thus be recognized by other people in the city”.
Further details of the Facewall project and the full collection of photographs used on the pennants can be found at www.facewallprato.it.
Updated on 2015-04-07T13:25:53+00:00, by .