Over the course of almost ten years, Rocco Rorandelli has travelled extensively to India, China, Indonesia, USA, Germany, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Slovenia and Italy in order to document the impact that the tobacco industry has on human health, the economy as well as the environment, looking through the “smokescreen” of the industry. The work is a way to understand how tobacco promotes the stripping of farmlands, threatens workers with dangerous chemicals, exploits child labor and undocumented workers, utilizes aggressive marketing campaigns aimed at identifying new customers (mostly underage), and conducts heavy lobbying to promote its expansion to novel markets and social strata.
An ongoing project which started in 2010 which wants to provide a reflection on the signs left on the landscape which show the passage or permanence of migrants. Over the years I have followed their movements along the Balkan and the Mediterranean shores, as main entry points to Europe. I have documented the work of those trying to identify the unfortunate migrants who don’t make it across rivers and seas to enter the continent, and the informal migrant labour camps which abound in Southern Europe.
According to official statistics, in Italy there arew about 41,000 public schools that every day welcome 580,000 students, from kindergarden to high school. Most of these buildings – almost 60% - show alarming structural issues, going from external wear and tear to dangerous mechanical issues. It has been calculated that with today's pace, it will take 110 years to restore all school in conformity to the most recent rules.
Sunmatti Tobacco Processor, one of the bidi tobacco threshing plants where tobacco leaves, after being dried and graded, are cut into pieces, ready to be rolled into the final product, the bidi. Inside these room, air is filled with tobacco dust and workers suffer from chronic bronchytis. Akkol, India, 2010
A luxury residential area in Mumbai. There is an increasing demand in the real estate market for bigger and better apartments, mainly from executives, Non-Resident-Indians and high net worth individuals in their mid thirties and forties working for financial institutions, banks, IT and software companies. Mumbai, India, 2008
The town is located next to Arvedi, the main steel company of the region and among the main contributors of air pollution in the city. Its activities have an impact on the quality of life of inhabitants. "At night we can not sleep because of the light, the noise and the smell", one claimed. Health organizations say that the town has a very high rate of tumors among its inhabitants. Spinadesco, Cremona, Italy, 2010