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Nicolo Degiorgis – The Hidden Islam

www.nicolodegiorgis.com

“Islamic makeshift places of worship in Italy. There are only two official mosques in the whole of Italy despite a significant and growing Muslim population of over a million people. Through depicting the proliferation of industrial, makeshift places of worship, such as old warehouses, basements, garages and supermarkets, this project documents the resilient spirit of Italian Islamic communities who, though denied collective religious rights, retain autonomy by the reclamation of disused urban spaces. Italy, 2009-2011.”

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In Italy, the exercise of collective Islamic religious rights is very problematic. This Islamic community in the Province of Treviso is not allowed to pray inside the building they own. Every Friday they have to lay down carpets on the asphalt in front of their building to be able to pray. The north-east of Italy is the stronghold of the Northern League political movement that has gained mainstream political popularity through its campaign against immigration. This project investigates the realities of islamic life in a hostile country that has just one official mosques and more than one million muslims. The aim is to discover and document the makeshift places of worship often based in the industrial areas of the north-east of Italy.

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An Islamic place of worship inside a stadium. Province of Trento, Italy. 2010

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Muslims resting inside a basement converted for use as a mosques after the Fajr, the first of the five daily prayers, during the month of Ramadan. The north-east of Italy is the stronghold of the Northern League political movement that has gained mainstream political popularity through its campaign against immigration. This project investigates the realities of islamic life in a hostile country that has just one official mosques and more than one million muslims. The aim is to discover and document the makeshift places of worship often based in the industrial areas of the north-east of Italy.

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An Islamic place of worship inside a basement during the month of Ramadan. The north-east of Italy is the stronghold of the Northern League political movement that has gained mainstream political popularity through its campaign against immigration. This project investigates the realities of islamic life in a hostile country that has just one official mosques and more than one million muslims. The aim is to discover and document the makeshift places of worship often based in the industrial areas of the north-east of Italy.

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An Islamic place of worship inside what used to be a garage for cleaning public buses. Province of Udine, Italy. 2009

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more images and other interesting projects on Nocolo Degiorgis’ website; found on Oskar.ro