Filiberto Galli

Title: The voice of 2000 Jubilee

About the Photo:

In the light of the Great Jubilee of 2000, the Vatican decided to celebrate the solemnity of the millennial event promoting a grand and ambitious plan to have fifty new churches built in Rome by the end of 1999.
The new shrines were thought to be sited in the vast outskirts of the Italian capital and they were envisioned as the pivotal point around which launch the urban requalification of drab and neglect quarters.
Unfortunately, the plan was only honoured with the erection of a sparse bunch of churches, due to lack of substantial funds.
I have photographed these Christian temples paying special attention to their architecture. My goal was to find evidence of how modern-style approaches have transformed, adapted and translated the ancient concept of “God’s house”. I have been looking for elements which can help devotees fulfil their search for divinity.

Picture A, taken in Rome, Santo Volto Church
Pictures B, taken in Rome, Church of God the Merciful Father
Pictures D, taken in Rome, Church of St. Pius of Pietrelcina