Una Forza del Passato
(Italian for ‘A Force from the Past’) is an ongoing project in the Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica, Rome. The work deals with the history of the former ‘Borghetto Latino’, an informal neighborhood in the Caffarella park, which in contrast to the well-documented ancient history, is not part of the shared cultural heritage in the park. Nowadays, the Caffarella park is an idyllic landscape with many ruins, as if time stood still for centuries. ‘Una Forza del Passato’ aims to temporarily disrupt this seemingly peaceful setting by means of a public intervention in the form of an archaeological excavation on the site of the former Borghetto Latino. All findings and interviews with passersby are documented and used for the design of a large-scale copperplate engraving. The final print will serve for an information panel that will be installed on site in 2020. The outdoor sign will be the first step in a more ambitious project as the final aim is to create a permanent outdoor exhibition (archeological park) dedicated to the history of the Borghetto Latino.