ferrario international printing © 2013

During the "economic miracle" of Italy, the petro-chemical city of Rho, Paola Ferrario's hometown, developed too fast for its own good. Many eight-story concrete apartment buildings rose but with little consideration for long-term maintenance. Forty years later, they have fallen into disrepair. This is the tiled floor of one of several covered porticoes in the town, which, having photographed, she then undertook to temporarily repair. The Portici generated three different bodies of work: a grid of wall-mounted photographs, the postcards, and a video. The first postcard in the series, of local resident zia Maria, is available by itself, signed "con amore" by zia Maria, for $5.