"We shaped the 20th century and its stories. Now there is a new century to write".
A message from century to century, a declaration of affection towards the elderly and their role in society which, through the shared message 'Now it is your turn', celebrates a passing of the baton to future generations for the new century to be written.
In Italy, perhaps more than in other Countries, the elderly guests of RSAs (nursing homes for the elderly) suffered particularly from the isolation that became necessary during the pandemic.
Those who survived the fiercest waves of the virus were left alone for long months, without the possibility of being cheered up by their loved ones.
Volunteer holding up a portrait of a participant. (credit: Comune di Milano)
This Inside Out action stems from the desire to bring the elderly living in the RSAs back to the center of the discourse, protagonists of Milan's busiest streets and squares, so that we do not forget the generations that have shaped our present and can still play an active role in our society.
Volunteers working together to paste portraits. (credit: Comune di Milano)
Talking to the elderly were the young students of the Photography Course at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts who visited 40 RSAs during six months of travel and meetings throughout Italy. An intergenerational confrontation that enriched the photographers and the 'models' and that, shot after shot, built the profound sense of the project.
Volunteers pasting portraits on the facade of a retirement home in Milan. (credit: Comune di Milano)
The result is more than 1,000 portraits displayed on more than 700 square meters of walls of the Museo del Novecento and the Secondo Arengario in Milan's Piazza del Duomo, dress two historic buildings to highlight a generation that still has a voice that deserves to be heard.
An installation with an important artistic and social value - which can be visited and viewed by everyone free of charge - becomes the protagonist of one of the most famous squares in the world.
Aerial view of the installation in Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy. (Photographer: Cosmo Laera)
But 'Inside Out. Now it's your turn' is not only in the center of Milan; we did not want to miss the opportunity to involve volunteers from the RSAs and citizens of Milan in a sticking action, in the more traditional Inside Out style, around two of the RSAs that took part in the shootings and that are located in one of Milan's suburbs, Corvetto. Here, about 100 faces were posted, from the walls hosting the portrayed elderly, reclaiming their neighborhood as protagonists.
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