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Adelaide Di Nunzio

How quickly our life changed. We were shut inside.

Brief encounters outside became moments of fear and a strange sense of guilt. How sad it was not to trust others anymore.

We all had to reflect, try to find what mattered.


What was once our grandma’s little balcony became our window onto the world, where we could gaze at other balconies, listen to other voices, enjoy the warmth of the sun, blow soap bubbles, breathe air without a mask…


Time passed with new games, wild dances, shelters improvised from sheets, smiles, hugs, fairy tales. Marcello was learning to stand. Leonardo was full of energy. Every evening after six, when the porter’s lodge closed, we went down to the courtyard to run around, pretending to be horses, surrounded by emptiness and, beyond it, the lights of others.

How quickly our life changed. We were shut inside.

Adelaide Di Nunzio is a photojournalist and visual artist. Her photography has explored the aesthetics of superfluity, subjectivities, the sacred, the urban and the criminal. Her work has been exhibited at the P.A.N. museum in Naples, the Venice Biennale, and art galleries across Italy, Germany and Turkey. Her photojournalism has featured in Vanity Fairthe Guardian, Esta, Le Journal du Dimanche, and the Sunday Times amongst others. She is the author of Criminal Architectures (Crowdbooks, 2020).

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