Centri Sociali di Milano

Photographs and booklet documenting
Social Centres of Milano


Self-managed occupied social centers took root successfully in the 1970s. The movement began in Milan with Leoncavallo in 1975, an old large factory of chemical pharmaceutical products that was occupied and transformed in 1978. Gentrification being a problem taking over all of Europe Elisa decided to look into these non-profit centers to see if they were still in use and what developments have happened in the latest years.
After initially being welcomed with some skepticism, the people opened up and she found a wonderful community of different centers and buildings, seemingly abandoned and run down, decorated creatively and still being used for disparate activities: ranging from local occupations, markets, arts and music events or networks for refugees, such as an anti-racist, anti-sexism gyms and Italian lessons.