Life in Sloi


The S.L.O.I. (Società Lavorazioni Organiche e Inorganiche) in Trento was built in the '30s for Mussolini's will, it produced tetraethyl lead, an antiknock which was blended into gasoline. The blend was highly dangerous for the workers, lead cause hallucinations, irritability and depression.
Many workers were affected by lead poisoning and often interned in the asylum of Pergine.
In 1978 a severe fire struck the factory, causing the catastrophe risk.
After the S.L.O.I. has became home for clochard, refugees, drug dealers and, in the last times, hosted a Romanian Gipsy community.
I followed this group in the last period of occupation and during the evacuation between 2010 and 2011, I wanted to document a slice of life of this community.

A written on a wall that mean: "there's life at the SLOI".

info
×

Otilia like to joke with me while I shoot a picture.

info
×

Olimpu drink alcohol, the signal behind it warns that the place is contaminated with asbestos.

info
×

The entrance of an "apartment".

info
×

An old barrel turned in stove and a kitchen.

info
×

Dana cooking pancakes.

info
×

A woman and her product for hygiene.

info
×

2011/feb - Italcementi, another abandoned factory inhabited by homeless, is evacuated.
The SLOI residents are worried because they know that the next to be evacuated will be them.

info
×

2011/mar - Begin the demolition of SLOI without any safety measures: the occupants were not evacuated and was demolished the buildings next to those occupied.

info
×

A bulldozer next to a shed to demolish.

info
×

Food distribution by the food bank.

info
×

Olimpu and his wife Oronka eating after the food distribution.

info
×

Nelu translate into Romanian for the Street Volunteers.

info
×

Street Volunteers recording the people to evacuate.

info
×

Someone pray the Lord before to come back in Romania.

info
×

The last meal: mameliga cu pui

info
×

The luggage of those returning in Romania.

info
×

The occupants go away.

info
×

The factory is closed and put the prohibition signs in various languages.

info
×
Using Format