Project and personal research — Winner
Simone D'angelo/ Italy (Italia)
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1912. After the conquest of Lybia, Italian government was in the need of an explosive factory away from the borders with France and Austria. Two Italian entrepreneurs – Leopoldo Parodi Delfino and Giovanni Bombrini – chose an abandoned sugar factory in Sacco Valley, an area south of Rome, as the perfect place to convert in an explosive factory. With the arrival of many skilled workers from the northern part of Italy, the area turned into a new and actual “factory town”, then called Colleferro in 1935. During the Second World War, Allied bombing hit the town. Therefore 1500 people moved permanently in the shelters under Colleferro: 6 kilometers of tunnels where people recreated a real community, with an underground chapel and a delivery room too. Today arms factories in the Valley are still operating and they naturally evolved in the aerospace research, with the current leadership of Avio Spazio company. "Santabarbara" – from the patron Saint name of Colleferro and the name typically given to ammunition dumps – is a research that combines archival materials with a personal and subjective vision, in order to mark and cross the boundaries of an Italian arms industry story.Back to gallery