Rome’s Maam gallery exhibits artists from all over the world, who often incorporate the site’s previous use as a slaughterhouse into their work, or are inspired by the lives of its residents
Museums are usually hushed places that fall silent when the doors close at the end of the day. But one museum in Rome’s eastern suburbs is home to 200 squatters, 80 of them children, who live among and protect the works of art.
In 2011, curator Giorgio de Finis came across a former salami factory occupied by homeless migrants and organised art events and performances there. These, in collaboration with the inhabitants, grew spontaneously into the Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove di Metropoliz, or Maam (it means Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere). It quickly became one of Rome’s most important contemporary art spaces, with murals, paintings and installations by more than 300 artists from around the world.