Project Detail: Villaggio dei Fiori


Reportage and Documentary 2022




Chiara Fossati



Project Info

Villaggio dei Fiori

This is the story of a special community of people, in the outskirts of milan.

When I moved to Villaggio dei Fiori (Flowers’s Village) I had no idea of what is going to happen. My love story ended really bad and I just need a new place to stay as soon as possible, no matter where, just cheap and fast. A good friend of mine offered me the house where she used to live with her grandmother in the west of Milan (Italy), between the public housing neighbourhood of Primaticcio and Giambellino. I didn’t know the area but the price was convenient and I accepted it, moving in from day to night.
As soon as I arrived I felt, for the first time in years, at home. In total contrast with Milan, a metropolitan city, here the people live not just their houses, but the whole
neighbourhood, the streets and all their inhabitants. For me, starting taking picture of the area, in particular Via dei Gigli (Lilies’s road), was a natural necessity to tell and share all the special persons that live here, where everyone has his own strong story, and where the houses themselves seems to be build to let the people share their daily living, knowing, helping and sharing with each other. Nor only people but also houses talk about who is living in there, because if all the structure of the houses are the same, they became all different, with courtyard and abusive new rooms. For my project, which is still ongoing I will keep photographing my neighbours and trying to tell their
stories, like Greta, who lost an arm a few years ago because of a serious accident but who now is happy and in love, or Marco and Luisa and their dreams of moving to the Canary Islands and the reality of finding their car that has been burn one day of autumn. "Villaggio dei Fiori" is the story of this special community of people.