New York-based Roman photographer Fabrizio Amoroso performed and witnessed miracles on the street; a watermelon-filled fountain, a ruin turned into a lake and a saint climbing a ladder. Roman artist Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli assembled a geographical archive in which the coordinates are prey, a fish caught in Rome’s Tiber. Along every step of the catch, the animal’s transfiguration and preservation were documented. Again, the magazine experiments with film, in and beyond its pages, as Roman filmmakers Matteo Zoppis and Alessio Rigo de Righi are confronted with a mysterious door, the keeper of its keys and parrots. Artist and Villa Massimo resident Annika Larsson displays her recorded sound archive of the street in lists, photographs and notes.
The heart of Issue 04 is Questione Romana, an experimental faux panel discussion debating the future of the street and hence of Rome. The panel is formed by eleven individuals ranging from architects and curators to journalists, artists and politicians. Their answers are in the form of edited dialogues, sketches, archival material and guerrilla interventions. Traces of Resistance, a regular series by editor Fabian Saul, is the historical counterpoint to this discussion of the future, taking the reader through different historical epochs and moments of Roman history.