John Figueroa and Kirk Albert – The Project

Against indifference

The Project are immense social housing estates typically found in some US cities: real cities within a city, densely populated and inevitably destined to become ghettos, abandoned by institutions and dominated by crime. Needless to say, it is in these “urban projects” that mostly Africans and South Americans live. Life is hard, the buildings are in ruins, tenants barely manage to survive and hope is the first to die.
John Figueroa put together a series of stories meant to compose a multifaceted mosaic of the life in one of these ghettos, starting from the seventies and pushing until 2030, when hope, perhaps, will be reborn from destruction. Thanks to his first-hand experience, the author manages to stage reality crudely and without fake good intentions, exposing various aspects about the good and the bad that you can find in these districts. The original drawings by Kirk Albert, with a dynamic and precise black and white, perfectly renders the place’s atmosphere.
The single episodes are not always particularly significant, but the work as a whole succeeds in its provocative, politically loaded intent to move the conscience of readers.
A small stone thrown in the pond of the institutions’ indifference. A commendable work.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sabrina Macchi)