I’ve always been struck by the thin line between the terms ‘immigrant’ and ‘expat.’ As an Italian, I feel like those who move their lives from the Mediterranean country straddle that divide: they leave their country for economic and even political reasons, in such large quantities that almost all metropoles have their own community. Catalonia, just across the sea, with a similar culture and climate, has been a thriving example of this for decades. This project aims to provide a look into this world.

A young entrepreneur, Carmelo, prepares ice cream at his then-newly opened shop in Barcelona, Oggi. The chain has so far been successful – even getting the attention of the pope, of which a photo hangs on the wall.
The owner of the Italian pizzeria ‘Buoni e Cattivi’, originally from Sicily, explains that he got the idea for the name for his establishment from his home region, referencing the endless struggle between the Mafia and the Law.
Andrea settles into his new home, still unfurnished, with nothing more than his IKEA bags and his still-plastic-wrapped mattress.
An Italian customer purchases food from a local Italian delicatessen, one of the many in Barcelona that carry everyday items from the country, difficult to find in Spain.

Caterina, Serena, and Chiara present the book ‘Donne che emigrano all’estero’ (‘Women who emigrate abroad’), a collection of testimonials from Italian women who choose to leave Italy. An audience of Italian women, gathered at the Italian Insitute of Culture at Barcelona, listen attentively.
Giulia, one of the employees of Italian restaurant Murivecchi waits for a customer to pick up a to-go order for pizza – a job she is disappointed with, and that she says was harder to find than she thought.
Italians celebrate in a pub as Italy wins against Belgium in the European Cup. A local Barcelona blog called ‘Visitare Barcellona’ (‘To visit Barcelona’) has organized the get-together for local Italians to go and watch the game in company.


EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY: Collaboration Station