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Abruzzo Earthquake Displaced
On April 6, 2009 at 3:32 am, a massive earthquake rated 5.8 on the Richter Scale occurred in the region of Abruzzo, Central Italy, leaving 307 dead and about 70,000 homeless. The epicenter was near L’Aquila, the capital, which together with surrounding villages suffered the most damage.
This essay takes us way past the news event and into what happens after. Most of the displaced are now surviving for more than 6 months in tent camps, containers and train berths.
Italian photographer Albertina d’Urso (Milan, 1976) studied at the ICP (International Center of Photography), at TPW (Toscana Photographic Workshops) and at the Agency VII. She is focused mainly in social and humanitarian reportage. Her dedication to this kind of issues begun in 2004 when she went to Mumbai to help a charity dealing with long distance adoptions: her work gave life to a book, Bombayslum, published by Skira, and an exhibition at Libreria degli Atellani in Milan and deeply changed her life and her career.
In 2006 she participated to the “Kabul mission of the municipality of Milan”, a work aimed at showing the consequences of the war in Afghanistan and the efforts of the mission ISAF 8 and the Italian NGOs to restore the situation, culminated with the “Milano-Kabul no stop” exhibition in the Arcade Vittorio Emanuele and with two books: Respiro del Mondo 5 Afghanistan, Kabul, and Km 5072, Milano-Kabul no stop. In 2007 she was selected for “Focus on Monferrato Masterclass” a project that consist in 12 photographers, guided by Stanley Greene and Kadir van Lohuizen, to document different sides of life in Piedmont and won the “Canon Young Photographers Award” with her project “Welcome to Compton”, a reportage about gangs and violence in Los Angeles. In 2008 Albertina exhibited “Spirit of Shekhawati”, a work about this small region of India forgotten by the economic boom. In the same year she was featured in “Young Blood”, the annual contest of Italian talents who have received international prizes in the creative and research fields and won an award at the festival “Orvieto Fotografia”.
She also received various recognitions at the IPA (International Photography Awards) in 2005, 2006 and 2008; the PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris) in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and was among the nominees for the New York Photo Awards 2009, contributed to collectives books as CHILDREN, moments of humanity (2006) and the series of books Asia Unique (2008). She also partecipated in several collectives exhibition including: “13×17padiglioneitalia” (travelling all around Italy since 2005),”Scatti per Bene” (Sothebys, Milan, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), “Convivio” (FieraMilanocity, Milan, 2008), “Male di Miele” (Wannabe Gallery, Milan, 2008).
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Many thanks… david alan harvey