By Alex Majoli / Magnum Pictures.
In March, as the coronavirus continued to spread across Italy, authorities announced they would put the entire country into lockdown. At the time, Italian-born photographer Alex Majoli was working as an artist near Codogno, one of the most prolific galleries. He decided to go south, where he was housed, intending to chronicle the impact of the disease on the people of Sicily. “I was born in the north, Ravenna,” said Majoli, who still owns an apartment in Brooklyn. “Up north, people do well when they’re upset. But in Sicily, everything is always more theatrical, more epic. They are more sad, more curious. again, because of their international outlook a few generations later. In Sicily, I find, I have seen a great deal in this regard. “
Back north, morgues were over. Hospitals, writes Majoli, “should not treat patients who are not emergency patients. It is all a coronavirus. “Shortly after the South had approximately 30,000 Italians who had been evacuated from the north, some of them were brought in to spread them. As the country grew to number thousands, Citing the death toll, Majoli found a stone on the shrine of Sicily that he found near Codogno. People were forced to stay home. Funeral homes were forbidden to connect with the families of the deceased – or with one another.