by Matteo Bastianelli

During the past 4 years, the disused classrooms of an Art School and the rooms of a clinic never actually opened became a place where the stories of approximately 90 families are interwoven. Two buildings - situated in the heart of Tor Marancia, in the XI° Section of Rome Council, and renamed "Casale de Merode" - transformed into a squat thanks to Coordination of Citizens against the Housing Crisis. The tenants converted the vast, abandoned spaces into modest apartments (each one about 15-20 sq.mts) in order to face the noticeable increasing of the housing emergency in Rome. The reasons why they are homeless are different. Some of them once had their own house and then they lost it: like Sonia who, after a disastrous marriage, found herself living on a camp-site. >>READ ON

Born in Velletri (Rome) in 1985, Matteo Bastianelli is a free-lance photographer and journalist. After three years at the Roman School of Photography, he started working on long-term projects about homeless conditions, squats in Rome, health system in Croatia, living-conditions of the Croatian and Bosnian Romany (Rom) population.
Currently he is documenting consequences of the genocide carried out by Serbs against the Bosnian Muslims in former Yugoslavia, where, 15 years after the end of the war, 30.000 people are still officially missing. His pictures have been published in some of the most important italian newspapers, such as Messaggero, Corriere Della Sera and Liberazione.