The exhibition entitled Partono i bastimenti

Naples 9th October – 20th January 2013

The exhibition entitled Partono i bastimenti, held in Naples from the 9th October to the 13th December 2012 in the ‘Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa’ was promoted by the Foundation and curated by Francesco Nicotra. The retrospective told the story of the Italian migration across the Atlantic by starting from the first departures on ‘floating wrecks’ at the end of the 19th century up to the present time, paying special attention to the history of southern emigration.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century the annual number of emigrants sailing from Italian ports to the New World was initially low though it gradually increased as the American Dream attracted more and more outcasts from all over the country who incessantly left in droves. Dramatic farewells, dangerous crossings, the strict and often humiliating controls at Ellis Island, difficulties in settling, life in the little Italy neighborhoods, fascism and the two World Wars and success in all fields were described through photographs, pictures, posters, navigation logs, newspapers, music scores, letters and other suggestive period items. The photographs came from the archives of the Italian American Academy, the Ellis Island Museum, the Center for Migration Studies in New York and the Italian American Foundation (NIAF).

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