Ask the dust by Giuseppe Chiantera is dedicated to Taranto, the second most populous city in Puglia, a region in the south of Italy. This city is located at the confluence of two seas, and since 1965 has on its doorstep the ILVA, one of the largest iron and steel industrial poles in Europe.
Initially State-owned and State-controlled, then during the 80’s the pole passed to the private management. Ilva, previously named Italsider, in a continuous cycle just like its production, covers without interruptions, day and night, with fine particles and dioxin the area of Tamburi, (situated very next to the pole), and the rest of the city, on the countryside and the surrounding waters.
People, plants, waters, air and animals are contaminated. The poisoning of the environment led to the prohibition of grazing and of mussels cultivation and to the putting down of hundreds of livestocks. In the city it caused a genotoxic damage. The number of deaths due to pollution is increased years by years. As a diseased lung, the pole has deeply marked the life of Taranto and its citizens.