Livorno Diaspora

“Until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born.

When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.”

from “The invisible cities”, Italo Calvino


Cities are always multiple, they can hide on themselves by taking on distinct forms, evident as to the eye or mental, hidden between thoughts and the exchanges that are consumed there. Sometimes invisible like folds on the same surface. This is one of these cities between cities: Livorno. These are some of its potential invisible folds.

Livorno Diaspora is an ongoing transmedia project which represents the foreign communities of Livorno. A city of welcome born in the seventeenth century from the thrust of Medici’s Livornine laws, it was one of the first cosmopolitan cities in the world where anyone would be allowed – by law – no matter their origins, culture or religion.

The project analyze the city through images and sounds. Not only with photos but through an audio visual immersive installation. The viewer is contained in a flow in which he finds himself part. A set of fragmented memories in which we immerge and, transported by the emotional tension of sounds and images, we are stimulated to the perception that, through a vertigo, flows into the myth (or archetype). Personal memory becomes universal.

A phantasmagoria of images and sounds shaped by the places, the colors, the food, the music, the traditions brought by the diaspora. Recognize, in the different cultures, a new form in which the territory is enriched with unknown lives and the unknown lives takes possession of a new territory without losing contact with the land of origin.

Today Livorno reveals itself in a new return to its origins with a population composed by a mix of different nationalities which add new components to the local culture, in a process of integration/dis-integration that makes the city an example of functional diversity.

Audio video installation (4:17) August 7th-11th, 2021, Immersiva Effetto Venezia21, Cantine del Monte dei Pegni, Livorno.