Ventennio is a documentary journey about Italian architecture during fascist dictatorship. After almost a century Italy is a country that in some ways is really changed, not so much in others.
My project is to document these buildings (without doing a census but scanning the entire country, from south to north) because I like to see how they are or not integrated with the contemporary landscape.
It’s incredible how many of these buildings survive, in all conditions: many of them have been reconstructed to become suitable for office use of local administration, others have been slowly abandoned, others continue to perform their original function, like sport facilities or residential houses.
I like the dialog or the lack of it between different periods of the history of our nation, especially because – for many decades, until these days maybe – we have got a sort of taboo of speaking (and maybe also viewing) about fascism facts and products. I look at these buildings with the necessary distance and a neutral gaze that won’t judge anything, only observe the state of things.
At the end, if you consider the italian policy in the post war about the excessive urban concreting, like in many other countries, we can assert that the fascist style (in many cases corresponding with the rationalism style) has been the last and recognizable style in architecture.
My intention is also not to locate or identify the single buildings but to give a vision of something that any italian people could find just around the corner of his home or office.