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)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Author and screenwriter, he has been teaching Creative Writing since 1999. He collaborated with the Publisher Tranchida from 2007 to 2009 as a teacher at Forrester School, as a member of the management board and as an editor of the editorial board, as well as an author of the on-line magazines "Gluck59" and "Teneke". He has worked as a writer of short stories with Mondadori and GVE publishers and publishes short stories, articles, reviews and poems with various on-line magazines. He participated as a poet in the VII Annual Carovana dei Versi (Caravan of Verses) in 2012-2013, and some of his works have been be published in 2013 in an anthology by the publishing house Abrigliasciolta of Varese. He has taught courses on writing and screenwriting at the Egea Bookstore of Bocconi University in Milan, at I.I.S. A.Lunardi in Brescia in several libraries and associations in the district of Brescia and in some Swiss schools. A film for which he wrote the screenplay has been optioned twice. He worked as a writer in an international production ("Haiti Voodoo", 2011). A long time ago he played in several bands and collaborated on several short films. He currently lives and works in Brescia. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of Magnoliaitalia, and since 2013 he has been teacher and Conductor at the Writing Parlour in Brescia, a professional school for writers.