We were walking around the back of the Basilica di San Giovanni Bosco, the enormous mid-century modernist cathedral in the quartiere of Tuscolano, when we saw it: a "container"--likely a simple shipping container--in a small park (Piazza Quinto Curzio) behind the basilica. The sides were painted--on one side a portrait, on another vivid lettering of the standard graffiti kind. And the words "La Follia di Giovanni" (the folly, the madness, of Giovanni).
|The container in 2016. Compare with the 2014 photo at the bottom of this post.|
|"One fights the abundance of misery by sharing"|
island in the Tevere. On those days, the shipping container functions as an ambulatory care center for those who might find it difficult to access standard facilities: rom, the homeless, the elderly, and
|The doctor at work. Photo Daniele Malajoli.|
|Dr. Calabrò and his equipment. Photo Daniele Malajoli.|
Between its founding in 2006 and 2012, the center had 800 medical visits. Photographer Daniele Malajoli brought the facility considerable attention with a photo exhibit on "La Follia di Giovanni," prepared for the Rome International Festival of Photography and on display in November 2014 at the Centro Culturali Gabriellae Ferri.
|As the container looked in 2014: "Ambulatorio Medico." That's the doctor at his desk. Photo Daniele Malajoli.|