What does being Italian abroad today? Th project explores the migration of Italians across time and space. The purpose of this photographic essay is to invite the exploration of common background elements leading Italians to migrate and to explore the specific characteristics of migration contexts. The key to read these movements should be found in historical and social issues, across many generations of Italians abroad. The intent of the project is to collect stories of life involving Italian communities and individuals belonging to different generations. The approach starts from the idea of multiple and diverse crossings/affiliations and the adjustment and integration strategies of Italians abroad between past and present. This approach would incentivize a reflection about the idea of ‘italianita' perhaps over determined by stereotypes. The research is part of the AHRC-funded project 'Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures' involving researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Queen Margaret, St Andrews, and Warwick.
Mario Badagliacca was born in Palermo in 1980. He graduated in Politics and International Relations at the University of Naples 'L'Orientale'. During his studies in Naples he worked with several non profit organizations. He graduated in photo reportage and photojournalism in Rome, where he is based. Focused on local realities and social issues, he is currently working on long term projects on migrants and migrant communities, paying particular attention to the cultural aspects of migration. He works with several researchers and universities (such as St. Andrews University, University of Oxford, San Diego State University) and his photographs have been published in national and international magazines and newspapers. He currently collaborates with the 'TML Project: Mobility Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures' supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of UK and he is developing a work on Italian emigration between London, New York and Buenos Aires.