Despite being the second religious confession in Italy, with an estimate of 1.5 million adepts, Islam is still formally not recognised by the state. This fact coupled with the political exploitation by populist and far-right parties, brings the Islamic community to officially own only a dozen mosques, none of which located in the area.
Hidden Islam works as cadastral catalogue of typologies of approximately 100 buildings used by local Islamic communities, like warehouses, basements, shops and garages. The photographic survey was accompanied by a research scholarship at the Faculty of Social and Political Science at the University of Trieste and during an art residency at the Bevilacqua La Masa foundation in Venice, as well as thanks to the advises of Italian Sociologist Stefano Allevi and British photographer Martin Parr.
Reviews of the project appeared on various outlets, but one in particular written by Sean O’Hagan for The Guardian, raised in the aftermath of its publication 479 comments by its readers, which I turned into a specular book to the initial one, an appendix with the idea to further expand the debate surrounding Islamic religion in secular states.