Col cappio alla gola is a project I created in 2010 while completing my master’s degree in journalism at Padua University.
In 2009 Italy was affected by a strong economic crisis. Istat reported that this year the number of employed people in Italy decreased by 380,000. This reduction more significantly affected male workers (approx. 274,000 men became unemployed) compared to female workers (105,000). In the same period, the number of economically inactive people aged 15 to 64 also rose by an average of 2.3% on an annual basis (+329,000).
During this time a series of suicides and suicide attempts highlighted the dramatic impact of the economic crisis occurring in Italy. These cases involved different types of people who shared a common inability to cope with life under existing social conditions. Those who committed suicide included chronically unemployed workers, people who had recently lost their jobs or had been otherwise unable to make ends meet, as well as indebted small business owners. This group not only included individuals but also couples and families, both younger and older workers, immigrants and Italian nationals. Some of these incidents took place in public in shocking fashion, while more frequently people took their lives while hidden from view, leaving friends and neighbours to find their bodies.
This project has been started to remember all the casualties of this financial crisis and to support the victims’ families.