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Is the factory still producing?

"res derelictae" is a juridical institution of ancient Roman's law stating that the ownership of goods can be acquired through seizure, if no one owns them.


This project started in summer 2019 after the fortuitous rediscovery of abandoned photographic material inside the former Officine Reggiane.

The material is entirely composed of historical pictures about the life of the factory.

These pictures underwent a process of deterioration which transformed the original images.

Man, factory and technical components are the original subjects: although it is still possible to recognise them in most of the pictures, their appearance has been transformed by external agents like water and humidity.

The invisible hands of time and abandonment caused pigments' melting and mold's growing, which added to images new unintentional abstract compositions.

A photographic iconography "jolie laide" (pretty & ugly) can be traced back to this unique deterioration process.

Random decorations of time offer an interesting reinterpretation of the images, suspended between the dreamlike and the surreal.

A symbolic place for the history of the city across the 20th century is reinterpreted by an unusual aesthetic with a strong visual power.

The factory 'narrates' itself by what remained lying on the bottom, reworking its own memory in a completely autonomous way.

This redefinition can be symbolically related to the life of the factory.


During Second World War Officine Reggiane has been one of the city's places most affected by war (1943 bombings) and fascist repression (8th of July 1943 strikers' killing).

During the 50's the place became a symbol for worker's fight with the 1950 strike and the production of R60 tractors.

Today, in a globalized world, it has become a place conveying the image of social conflict within the city, after the collapse of previous economic activity, abandonment and informal occupation by homeless people and migrants.

In our view, the rediscovered photographic material is raising attention to some questions:

Did the factory really stop producing?

What are the current processes of production?

How has the meaning of the place changed during time?

Is there any pretty and ugly patrimony (photographic, artistic, human) to be rediscovered in an abandoned place?

What is lying beyond the common sense of 'decay' that is limiting perceptions as a layer of stagnant water?

What can we find under it?

The factory is still living and developing the image of a city caught up in the changings of time.



Black and White Portrait of a Model



Montecchio Emilia, 10.11.1988


He attended the High School of Social Sciences at the “Matilde di Canossa” Institute of Reggio Emilia, then the Faculty of Culture and Epistemology of Human Sciences at the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Studies in the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

His artistic career began in the second half of the 2000s.

In 2017 he participated in a group exhibition at Palazzo Bentivoglio in Gualtieri (RE) with local artists including Mario Pavesi.

In 2019 he was chosen among the emerging Italian artists by the Orler gallery for the Affordable Art Point project. 

He exhibits in city spaces in his city.


Lives and works in Reggio Emilia


Reggio Emilia, 04.09.1985

He graduated in Political Sciences at Bologna University, specializing in Conflict Resolution at the Department of Peace Studies, Bradford University. 

From the early 2000 he got into graffiti writing; in 2012 he started painting in Officine Reggiane together with other writers and street artists.

During these years he participated and organised several graffiti jams across the city, including the 'Jam R60' for the anniversary of the factory occupation.

He is collaborating with educational projects using painting, graffiti and poster art.

Lives and works in Reggio Emilia.





For 4th edition of the R-Day dedicated to the former Officine Reggiane we will be guests of the Spazio Gerra for the official presentation of our project.
You can follow the live streaming on the Spazio Gerra Facebook page.

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