ROME 30TH LEVEL
This project was born from my passion for comics.
In 1979 Stefano Tamburini, a talented comic artist of the underground Roman scene, published for the first time his comic science fiction story “Ranxerox.”
Ranxerox is a machine computer in human shape, an android made with Xerox machine pieces and other technological waste.
He lives in Rome with his junk-addicted 12 years old girlfriend, Lubna.
This strange futuristic metropolis of the XXI century has many zones or “levels”;
the last is the 30th.
The 30th level is a slum, where the most insane violence and the massive presence of an infinite variety of drugs are “natural” frameworks.
Is this really the city where I live now?
In many aspects, unfortunately, yes.
I thought of my images as the backgrounds for the impossible new ‘Ranxerox’ comic series.
Shooting photographs in Rome is never banal; you discover more than one city only, and you’ll always be surprised.