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Stranger #50/100

Aurora is one of those few evidence of a Rome that doesn't exist anymore. This is particularly true in a suburb like Trastevere, a piece of history for this city. She's not a homeless but she belongs to that new category we often listen to the television known as "the new urban poor". Aurora is a retired person and she has to pay nine hundred euros per month to live in thirty square meters. Of course she was born in Trastevere and she always lived there.

 

When I asked her if she could dedicate me a couple of minutes, she was sitting on a chair, smoking a cigarette in a winter sun. She answered ironically: "I'm here, I don't run away!" and then she started to speak me like a grandmother. Of course I was interested in the old stories of her life, and she said: "my love, what do you want me to say, it was much better thirty years ago when there was the riffraff". I asked: "what do you mean, Aurora?", "Yes, because at that time, there were thieves, junkies but we all knew each other. Nowadays here in Trastevere there are only foreigners, they're not bad people but they don't speak, they live on their own".

 

While we were having this conversation I suddenly recognized Aurora in a documentary I saw about Trastevere called "Barricata San Calisto" (Barricade San Calisto) (you can see it here but is entyrely in Italian, or even worse, in Roman dialect) where San Calisto is an historical Bar in Trastevere. Just one more proof this woman is a piece of history for this suburb.

 

Thanks a lot Aurora for participating in my project!

 

This picture is #50 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page

 

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Taken on February 17, 2012