Avrei potuto essere io / It could have been me

IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME/AVREI POTUTO ESSERE IO is a public art project. The performing phase took place between December 2013 and January 2014 in the second-class waiting room of Bologna Railway Station, where on 2nd August 1980 the explosion killed 85 and injured 200. It required the active participation of adults arriving or departing from the station during the Christmas holidays, that are different from the summer holidays, when the explosion occurred, but equally significant from a psychological point of view. Each encounter involved discussion and the delivery of a card containing information about one of the victims and about the massacre itself. The aim was to effectively perpetuate the memory and relive the massacre in emotional and artistic terms, by identifying with one of the victims of the opposite gender. The photographs will form a monument to the Bologna Massacre, in effect a ‘bringing up to date’ for each victim through the people who have decided to identify with each of them. They formed a monument installed in the new High Speed Train Station at Bologna, where currently there is nothing commemorating the massacre. It has been self published also an artist's book, a Portable Monument in 85 copies to be hung wherever you want, in public or private spaces.


The artist's book is available at Choisi Bookshop/Artphilein Editions, Lugano CH, CorrainiMAMbo artbookshop, Modo Infoshop in Bologna or can be requested writing to


Open 140 cm x 66, 2 cm /closed 33, 10 cm x 23, 33 cm, 85 copies + 15 ap. graphic design by Sonia Lenzi and Lizart Comunicazione Visiva, Bologna. Each comes with a signed and numbered print.


On show at the CCCB, in "Fenomen Fotollibre", from 17th March until 27th August 2017.




To the people who identified themselves with each victim and to all those people who will do so in the future.
XXXV Anniversary

With the patronage of
Associazione tra i familiari delle vittime della strage alla Stazione
di Bologna del 2 agosto 1980
Assemblea Legislativa della Regione Emilia-Romagna
Comune di Bologna
In collaboration with
MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna | Istituzione Bologna Musei
Con il contributo di/With the support of
Grandi Stazioni/Coop Adriatica/FILT CGIL Bologna