Lavrenova Anastasiia

Milanese candy - beautiful wrapper, but what's inside?

Milan may seem to be a fabulous city for tourists, but when you live in it, not a trace remains of its brilliance. Like other European cities it is the subject to the same social, economic and demographic problems. Milan has beautiful storefronts and homeless people living right on the sidewalks, crowds of tourists, old trams, historical buildings with ground floors vandalized by graffiti, colored facade tiles, bright sunlight and coffee forgotten at traffic lights. My series of photos is divided into two parts, the first of which is dedicated to the before-Covid winter of 2020.
The second part is dedicated to the post–Covid summer of 2020, where a medical mask appeared on all passers-by, the Piazza del Duomo was completely empty, and one of its new decorations was the angry and desperate graffiti of eco-activists: "There is NO plan(et) B".
All foreign publications on architecture write about barrier–free environment and the harm of fences for cities, and it seems that in Milan, the capital of fashion and design, you expect to see the good example to follow, but no! If you live in apartments in City Life, built by Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind, which cost a loooot of money, then you definitely need fences to complete the image of being rich and unattainable.