I received a Catholic education, not because my parents were particularly religious, but more because the church was seen as the center of the community, a safe place where kids could make friends. This was not, of course, the case for every family in Rome, but the Roman Catholic community has been predominant for centuries, leaving the religious minorities marginalized.
In 2014 I moved back to Rome for about one year and almost immediately I noticed a major change. The constant flow of immigrants in the past 25-30 years has produced a noticeable transformation of the social landscape. Other religious groups are now thriving here in the shadow of the capital of the Catholic Church. The first waves of immigrants have settled, have jobs, started families, and created communities primarily in the suburbs. And the religious places for many commuities represent a starting point to build social bonds, learn Italian and find an informal welfare system that can help them build a new life.
For the past three years I have been working on this project with the final goal is to create a visual map of the new multicultural Rome, starting from the places of faith in a city where religion plays such a crucial role.