The project faces the social realities of begging; with different instruments and expressive techniques – favoring the aesthetic way – explores its different languages, conscious and unconscious, verbal and not verbal.

The research examines a common phenomena for big cities and those spaces that daily attract thousands people – for job, tourism, or other reasons.

The begging appears an inevitable result of this aspect of urbanization and shows a social condition both unitary and various. Cities and contexts where people beg are mapped to explore corners of daily life and endemic variables of the urban “commuting”. Spaces are modeled by behaviors; neighborhoods, areas, streets acquire new identities.

Beggars posture and their other non-verbal languages contribute to their classification based on their ethnic origins, on their §belonging to an organized group, on frequency of their bagging, etc. Different postures show beggars different characteristics; thus in the different modality of begging is usual to find specific sentences and words.

Installation at the Independent Artists Gallery, Busto Garolfo (MI), Italy, 2015


The video conducts the research from the beggars’ point of view. The vision of the world changes with their different postures: down on the knees looking at the streets instead of with crouched legs; down on knees with the body erected instead of with lying legs.

Posture determines and orientates the external perception and, at the same time, causes different reactions on the walkers. The world goes through the beggars’ eyes and their positions. Hence, the begging phenomenon acquires different meanings.