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Fascism in Ruins: Uncovering the overgrown ruins of fascist Italy

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2152

Artist Dan Dubowitz and architect Patrick Duerden have been tracking down abandoned fascist buildings in northern Italy since 2005.

During their frequent road trips along the Tuscan and Emilio-Romanian coasts they discovered huge fascist holiday and youth camps built by dictator Benito Mussolini’s regime.

Thousands of children aged eight and over were forced to join fascist groups between 1922 and 1943 and were subjected to training and indoctrination.

Fascismo Abbandonato is a photography exhibition complemented with a commentary interpreting Dubowitz and Duerden’s discoveries.

The two men clambered over fences and fought their way through dense forests to unearth the dilapidated ruins of the fascist dictatorship.

These massive buildings are a concrete manifestation of Mussolini’s power. They have been disowned by an entire age.

They must stay in the wilderness.

Fascismo Abbandonato – Fascism in Ruins
Fermynwoods Contemporary Art
Brigstock Kettering
Free Until 26 July

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Tue 19 May 2009, 19:01 BST
Issue No. 2152
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