Corporate interiors, ominous cages and crucifixes framed between haughty columns… And a symmetrical silence. With Fragments of Justice photo-essay, Milan-based photographer and filmaker Luca Sironi caught the severe architecture of 19 Italian courthouses enhancing the detached environment that hosts daily buzzy routines involving drama, relief and justice rituals.
The Italian justice system moves slowly, involving every day an impressive number of people: judges, prosecutors, lawyers, defendants, witnesses, clerks, journalists and policemen… But during closing hours, a lawyer’s robe thrown over a chair, a folder waiting to be rescued and other marginal fragments of justice in deserted courtrooms remind of what happened during the trials.
Above everything there’s always an inscription that reads like a mantra LA LEGGE É UGUALE PER TUTTI (Law is equal for all), an admonishment for consciousness that should not obscure the reality of things.
“On a side the human element can make imperfect the course of justice, or fix , through its flexibility, some very complicated cases. On the other, courtrooms architecture is so rigid and symmetrical that it seems to have the duty to appear ruthless” says Luca Sironi.
“The rarefied and almost ieratic stillness of the Fragment of Justice series can make us reflect about what these places narrate. A narration that is often processed by personal interpretation or the interpretation of a collective imagination”.
ARCHIPANIC: The images enhance a screaming timeless silence. Are you pointing out the slow pace of Italian justice?
LUCA SIRONI: “The project wasn’t born to denounce the system, even though such link emerged during the shooting. My aim was to narrate these spaces with a detached point of view”.
“Those who go through a trial wouldn’t pay much attention to architecture as they have more troubling concerns. Courtrooms’ architecture is not watched, but just inhabited and lived. With Fragments of Justice I focused on the contrast between emotionless spaces and the extremely passionate experiences that are lived in such spaces”.
Milan-based photographer and filmaker Luca Sironi portrays the connection between places and memory, particularly in relation to the memories that images can hide. He seeks different points of view on elements usually considered insignificant or not photographically relevant.
All photographs by Luca Sironi were made in the courthouses of Asti, Bergamo, Brescia, Busto Arsizio, Como, Cremona, Lodi, Mantova, Milano, Modena, Monza, Padova, Parma, Pavia, Reggio Emilia, Rovereto, Trento, Verona and Vicenza.