Identity Fanzine II & III

  • Photography  Courtesy of Twenty14 Contemporary
  • Words  Max Barnett

Mara Palena returns with the latest instalment of her project Identity, which aims to create opportunities for young people living across all areas of Milan, providing a jolt of excitement for youth in the Italian fashion capital.

Once again, the Identity workshop has been curated alongside T14’s Matilde Scaramellini and Elena Vaninetti. With long-term aims of expanding the project to all suburbs of the city, the first edition took place in Barona, and it has since been developed in Casoretto, and Giambellino, working alongside the social cooperative Spazio Aperto Servizi.

This unique project continues to be sponsored by Officinaotto, Fontegrafica who printed the zines, and Lomography supplied the film and cameras, offering the kids a chance to see their neighbourhood through a new lens.

Launched with the accompanying hashtag #Identity4Inclusion, Palena, Scaramellini, and Vaninetti demonstrate how it is possible to help people to see their potential by simply taking the time to engage them in something that they may otherwise not have had the opportunity to explore, this demonstrates how individuals can have a huge impact on the lives of others, and reinforces an idea that we are all capable of inspiring one another.

See below a selection of the work currently on display at Gallery Twenty14 until February 22nd.


Digital installation shot © Twenty14
Digital installation shot © Twenty14
Digital installation shot © Twenty14
Image © Elmo, taken in Casoretto
Image © Akram, taken in Giambellino
Image © Ramesha, taken in Casoretto
Image © Akram, taken in Giambellino


Image © Rida, taken in Giambellino
Image © Ginerva, taken in Casoretto