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Museo di Roma in Trastevere – Photo Show “Quando l’Imigrazione Produce”

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 | 2 comments

When Immigration Produces” is a new photo show that opened last night in the Museo di Roma in Trastevere (Piazza S. Egidio). The show was put on by the cultural association MakeNoise, which fostered the idea to have different photographers capture the lives of 8 immigrants living and working in Rome. Though they hail from different areas of the world (such as China, Ukraine, Eritrea, Ecuador, Romania, and the Philippines) they have all managed to forge successful lives for themselves here in Rome. This is an age old story that is the foundation of the “American Dream,” but in Italy, with a lot of headlines about problems with immigration and immigrants, I applaud MakeNoise and the photographers for spotlighting some of the many positive aspects of immigration.

I headed over to the museum after work with my colleague M to check out the opening and was very pleased to see a huge turnout of not only immigrant communities, but Italians. All of the work was really excellent and I was quite impressed with the skill of the photographers. I felt they really captured the presence of each participant, though I was especially taken with the photographs of Roman, a Ukrainian hairdresser who runs his own salon. We actually saw him there, beaming with pride and surrounded by friends. I only wish I had written down the name of the photographer so I could give them the proper credit!

I highly recommend a visit to the exhibit, which remains on display until March 1. I think it provides a huge insight into the thriving immigrant communities that are here in Rome and will hopefully help foster further understanding within the Italian community.


  1. I will check out this exhibit. I like that space. Is it primarily a venue for photography?

    I went to a showing there two years ago for an exhibit of film stills. It was great.

  2. To be honest I’ve never been before now, but I have heard of other photo exhibits going on there in the past. They do have a small permanent collection on the history of Trastevere, which my friend described as “a bunch of dioramas depicting people in authentic ‘Trastevere’ costumes and homes.” Skipped that part so I have no visual on that one!

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