A videogame in the real world
Matera is a magnificent city for tourists; the “Sassi” (Italian for “stones”) are UNESCO cultural heritage sites and, for those who visit the city for the first time, are a mystical experience. It is as if you step inside a life-size crib.
What most tourists or visitors do not know is that the city is divided by a deep scar. For many local inhabitants, particularly the older generations, the Sassi – ancient part of the city – have always been a place to be avoided, a national disgrace. To quote what the prime minister said, the deportation of the Sassi local inhabitants started in the 50’s.