Fascismo abbandonato. The Children's Colonie of Mussolini's Italy
„Fascismo abbandonato“ shows the ruins of children’s holiday camps of the fascist Italy. Dan Dubowitz recorded them in 12 photographic series showing their decay as relics of a megalomaniac architecture of Mussolini’s regime.
The ‘colonie’ – holiday centres for children – were established under Mussolini’s Fascist regime to empower and indoctrinate the Italian youth. From the beginning of the 1930ies the Italian state ran a building programme to errect camps at the coasts of the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Sea where hundreds of children could spend their holidays.
These colonie served as pace makers of mass tourism in the under developed coastal areas. Now most of them are abandoned and in decay. Even if they are unattended and forgotten they have to be regarded as impressive victims of the modernist movement in Italy.
The British photographer Dan Dubowitz explored these camps since 2006 and recorded them in large scale photos. Essays from Penny Lewis, Patrick Duerden and Arne Winkelmann and an appendix of historical photos complement Dubowitz’s photo series.
antæusverlag / Dewi Lewis Publishing
in English language
32 x 30 cm, Hardcover