Hidden Islam


2015 -

In Italy, it’s utterly difficult for Muslim to exercise their collective Islamic religious rights, even more in the north-east of the country, stronghold of the Northern League, a political movement that has gained mainstream political popularity through its campaign against immigration.
This project investigates the realities of Islamic life in a hostile country that counts only two official mosques for more than one million Muslims. The aim of this work was to discover and document the makeshift places of worship, often based in improvised hangars, basements, garages and old supermarkets in the industrial areas of the north-east of Italy.

About the artist

NICOLO DEGIORGIS was born in 1985 in Bolzano (Italy). He studied Chinese at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and interned at Magnum Photos for six months. In 2009 he was employed by the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Trieste to research immigration in Italy.