(Habitat. The Factory is Full)

Turin, 2011. Former factory FIAT Grandi Motori – historical symbol of the big production of FIAT, as well as place of partisan’ and workers’ struggles, was since October 2010 being cleared after years of neglect. The imposing, scaring and fascinating emptiness of industrial archeology, effect of the decadence of the traditional factory system, reveals itself as actually filled by homeless and hopeless migrants, new orphans of contemporary society. In the globalized world, where migration is moving huge floods of people and work is getting more and more precarious and spoiled of workers’ rights, the narration of the empty spaces of the factory and of the interstices filled by the intimacy of its inhabitants, become a symbol of contradictions implicit in the idea of progress capitalistic and neoliberistic society is based upon. The space becomes habitat, the physical space for a sort of living, the place that permit, and only offers, a possibility for survival.

The project is composed by Habitat – photographic project – and The Factory is Full – Tragicomedy in eight acts. Documentary film (director/subject/screenplay Irene Dionisio, cinematography Francesca Cirilli, concept Irene Dionisio and Luiz Antonio Pinho Jr, editing Alessandro Baltera, sound Matteo Marini, prod. a.titolo, executive production BabyDocFilm, Piemonte Doc Film Fund, 55′, 2011 – concept by Irene Dionisio and Luiz Antonio Pinho Jr).

Project presented in Giovane Fotografia Italiana #02 | CHANGE


(Viareggio, IT, 1982)

Author and freelance photographer. Based in Turin, Italy.
Her work was exhibited at La Triennale Milano, CAMERA Centro Italiano per la Fotografia Turin, Fondazione Fabbri, Athens Photo Festival, Festival Circulation(s) Paris, SI Fest Savignano, Muse–Science Museum Trento, GlogauAir Berlin, The Others Fair, Warsaw photo festival and others. She won the call ABITARE, promoted by Mufoco-Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea (where her work is part of the collection), Triennale and Italian Ministry of Culture; #RaccontoPlurale for CRT Arte Foundation; she was shortlisted at Pesaresi and Fabbri award and RovinijPhotodays; she won Combat Prize under35 and was selected for Giovane Fotografia Italiana#2. Founder and co-curator of JEST, space for photographic culture, especially focused on contemporary photography. Founder of Fluxlab–integrated arts laboratory. She is teacher and tutor in schools and academies, courses and cultural projects.

Francesca Cirilli