Ninne Nonne is a photographic project that comes to life in 2015. My grandmother and I were in the kitchen, we had just finished eating and she was telling me stories of when she was little. I was re-living with her : the 28th May 1943, the day of the first bombing of Livorno (Leghorn), the echoes in the corridors of Corinna Cappanera, a gruff and skinny teacher of the elementary school, the long bike rides with Milena to go and eat figs in the garden of Coteto (a neighborhood of Livorno) when Ezio, my grandfather, with his father-in law, drained a whole bottle of “Strega” (Italian liquor), that same winter when he had gone to ask for my grandmother hand. It was in that precise moment that the idea of Ninne Nonne came to life. I could not miss the opportunity to capture stories, nursery rhymes, proverbs and memories of women that lived through that changing century, with patriotic families and unforgettable husbands, hovering between poverty and small daily joy. Daughters, mothers and grandmothers, between a lasagne and an apple pie, taught us to appreciate the small things that, unfortunately, this generation is no longer able to perceive. The camera, as a silent friend, enters on tiptoe in their homes to steal the secrets that lie behind those sobbing stories, between walls that retain laughter and dusty furnishings.
I firmly believe that listening is the first step for a sudden change.