Walking the streets of L'Aquila we are overwhelmed by the massive presence of images and metaphorical references to the earthquake. I refer not to the tremendous mark left by the earthquake, but to the signs that human response has produced since April 6th 2009.

The city is covered with images. Photographs of the earthquake made before our arrival by other photographers or citizens are exhibited in the street and in homes, or stand out in shop windows and information panels placed by local administration. Other depictions represent the dynamics of collapses and reconstructions and the projections of the restorers.

Is it worth then to produce other images? What can they  add or take away over to the thousands already produced? How can they  constitute memory and what memory will they embody? Will they be useful to the city and its inhabitants? Or will they be dangerous to them? Certainly not to us, equipped visitors, but for the territory and the population that will have to metabolize those images, store them and then associate them with a memory.

Another aspect of the images emerges; the mnemonic imitation of a fact of the past, no longer present, but still "visible", thanks to those same images.
And many other elements have the same evocative power of what happened. I noticed the words "L'Aquila revives" on the security covers of the buildings under renovation; the spontaneous memorials and the popular commemorations; the monuments established by local administrations, which are potential memory.
Simulacra and other surrogates, a continuous turnaround between documents of the past and memory of the future.

This research was carried out as part of the project Confotografia

Memory park. L'Aquila Information panel Community centre in memory of the victims. Poggio Picene Casa Onna. Multi-purpose building donated by German govermnet in memory of the victims of Onna Representation of a building on a construction site security cover Bar 'Commercio'. L'Aquila Road sign Stele indicating the epicenter San Bernardino in Piazza d'Armi. Substitute of the San Bernardino Basilica. L'Aquila Artwork donated to the city of L'Aquila Photographic exhibition about the earthquake. Corso Vittorio Emanuele. L'Aquila A view of the 'old' Fossa in the bar of the temporary residential module in the 'new' Fossa Image representing the recosntruction works. Palazzo Ardinghelli, L'Aquila Commemorative T-shirt National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. L'Aquila Commemorative monument. L'Aquila Commemoration. Fossa Garden of Memory. Lucoli