“The Capannoni in Parma: stories of the city and its people"

The word “capannone” in the slang of Parma is still today a synonym for trashy, vulgar and many in Parma use it to define those people who don’t follow a civilized etiquette, good manners, common courtesy.

Everybody uses it but not all of them, especially the youngest, know its origin, closely related to a specific moment in the history of Parma, which is the demolition of the Oltretorrente neighbourhood made by the fascist regime and the consequent expulsion of many families to public houses in the suburbs: “i capannoni” that is the sheds, so called for their shape “a capanna”.

The exhibition, open from the 14th of November to the 13th of January at the Governor’s palace, retraces the history of the Capannoni from the city before their construction in the 1930s and their integration during the subsequent expansion of the city after the War, until their demolition in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Beside the photographic and documentary section, on display on large panels, the exhibition includes audio-visual stations showing spoken testimonies of people who lived in the “capannoni” during the last years.

The exhibition will show the relation between those who lived in there and the rest of the city for over 30 years.

More information will be available soon.

English