Wind in boxes

"Would the way we relate to the world change if, in our collective imagination, we were flowing in the wind instead of treading on the earth? Would our appearance change? The earth is constantly stepped on, it seems to be humbly subdued; the wind carries you and appears to behave in an overbearing manner. The relationship between the wind and nomadic life is a recurrent and apparently fitting metaphor in the literature devoted to this topic; so much that it does not lose effect even when the nomadic community chooses – more or less willingly – to “break” this tradition and take a citizenship and a residence, consequently losing the most intimate part of its identity. This being said, if nomads are wind, then we, the gagi, are earth. The earth is curious about anything new or different crossing its path; at once, though, it is also bothered by it, so much that, in order to prevent the weather agents from eroding it, it needs well-rooted vegetation for support. Do we really believe, in the contemporary context, that earth is still passive and the wind active?"


Roberta De Piccoli, from "Vento in scatole", in Artegenti, "Vite di Quartiere. Sguardi inconsueti sulla periferia di Modena", Artestampa


“Vento in scatole” is a portfolio being part of a broader project that tried to investigate the relationship between the periphery of Modena’s Circoscrizione 3 and the inhabitants of 'Microarea 5' of Via Django, a Sinti (Roma) community that in the nineteen thirties, decided to give up nomadic life to settle in a place. The project came up first from five members of the De Barre family, representing a large group within the community, who had thought for some time to collect some material to tell their story.


This work was published as part of the book Vite di quartiere by Artegenti.