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Elisa Figoli | L’Aquila: fragments from the aftermath

 

At 3:32 am of the 6th of April 2009 a violent earthquake struck L’Aquila (Italy) killing 309 people and leaving 65,000 homeless but also unveiling the frailty of the Italian society and of its commonly accepted models of urban security and planning.
Investigations conducted afterwards revealed that both private and public buildings did not comply with the safety regulations and that the possibility of a serious seismic event had been largely underestimated. Two years later, the reconstruction of the town has still not properly started and the neglect is consuming what the earthquake had left behind.
L’Aquila former inhabitants live now dispersed in the suburban areas, dwelling in precarious accommodations.
This series is part of an ongoing project documenting the difficult rebirth of the town and of its community, affected by the collapse of the former social and geographical reference points, the uncertainty about the future, the harshness of daily life in an exploded urban environment.
(L’Aquila: fragments from the aftermath, March-April 2011) 

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