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The term alienation – derived from the Latin adjective alienus, in turn from the indefinite pronoun alius (in Greek ἄλλος) 'other' – is used in philosophy to indicate the discomfort of modern man in industrial civilization, in which the artifice that it really makes him feel far from his natural roots.

The topic of expatriates has always interested me, since first and foremost I am one myself. I have lived in some large European cities and for some years I have been living in Berlin, a large, frenetic and constantly renewing capital. As globalization continues to accelerate, more and more young people are abandoning their roots in search of a new beginning. As an Italian citizen, I wanted to know first-hand the motivations that push many other compatriots to move abroad. At first glance it is clear that the main purposes are purely economic and linked to the acquisition of new experiences, but what I am interested in knowing is the state of mind of the interviewees, how they feel internally after a few years spent abroad, without their families and their closest acquaintances? What type of change does
the lack of affection, objects and places dear to the interviewees and their home entail in their lives?

I've spent time with many of them, listening to their opinions, impressions, and stories about their lives abroad. Through these interviews, I've learned that within each of them, a new understanding was growing—a completely fresh perspective on their experience, namely, the discovery of alienation. 

Pigmentprints 30cm x 40cm

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