Subculture and underground music scene photographer Guido Gazzilli has turned his lenses towards the inmates in a small seaside town near Rome. Used to capturing the rebellious streaks and no-nonsense attitudes that go along with individualism, perhaps he is well suited to finding the hidden enigma within those behind bars.
In an interesting artistic methodology, Gazzilli used photographs from his collection to instigate emotional conversations with his subjects. Asking the prisoners to choose which ones spoke to them the loudest about their own life story, the social studies angle could be gleaned from this representation of the self through the medium of symbol and implication.
By asking the inmates to tell their stories with the help of their chosen pictures in front of his cameras, Guido Gazzilli has created an exhibition of photography and a selection of interviews as a recorded documentary. These were premiered in the two prisons used for the making of the exhibition. While spending 22 hours a day in a locked cell, breaking the tough exterior to reach the memories of freedom and hopes for a possible future has resulted in a unique insight into a rare but none the less human experience.
Watch the film for yourself to see how it turned out.
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