Maria Chiara had worked very hard on the curation, finding the space for our 'temporary happening', interviewing the workers and all the text heavy side. I meanwhile voyaged over there with my 'Vanishing Manchester' project to install within the factory.
Trying not to interfere with every day workers me and Maria Chiara installed the drawings on the wall of the factory amongst warped rusty metal and a cat skeleton which added to the adventure.
Unlike the UK, it seems Italy isn't so uptight about health and safety laws and this installation gave me a new sense of appreciation for such legislation. There's no way here you'd be able to have an installation which required the public to walk over piles of metal beams and bars to view your work and let you install it while sparks are flying from the cutting machine not far to your right.
For Maria Chiara's full text on the project, follow this link: https://mariachiaracalvani.wordpress.com/exhibition-curated/once-upon-a-town/
Many thanks to Maria and Tomasso, Don Ventotto & Sacra, Adrian and also to Pacifico and everyone at Siderurgica Romana for letting us in and to our intrepid volunteers Federico and Alexandra and my brain trust back in Manchester for their support.