A Home in July

Public space tells us a lot about a city, its culture, and its people. But underneath the social fabric, there is often a common identity that individuals within an urban space share. An identity that is often complex and fascinating.

In the summer of 2019, I documented teenagers and young adults (ages 15 to 22) who spend extended periods of time at the Skate Spot Valdo Fusi in the center of Turin, Italy. My goal for this project is to explore what it means to be seen in this space for young people, and why it is important for them to be associated with this particular public space. My camera has opened me up to a world that was almost unknown to me before coming to Turin. My subjects allowed me to enter their place to capture the essence of who they are as individuals and as part of a community.

After spending valuable time at the Skate Spot, I have discovered that this urban space is more than just a place for skateboarders to practice their tricks, pot-heads to smoke with their friends, or fashionistas to pose for their Instagram followers. The skate spot serves as a platform for these young people to perform: this is where they can put on a show for themselves and for others, to be viewed as unique, bad-ass, or rebellious. 

While each individual is “unique” in their own ways, they also share a common social identity that binds them together within an alternative community in Turin. Their common identity transcends beyond Turin, Italy because they have created their own version of a scene that can be found around the world. They are both unique and universal.