PerCorsi: stories of people in training

PerCorsi: stories of people in training

Borders of Borders: An Inquiry into Borders by Raffaello Rossini

"PerCorsi: stories of people in training" is a column that we are inaugurating today with the aim of telling the stories and testimonials of the people we met during our training courses, people who on the one hand are committed to continuous professional growth and on the other shape their life projects. These projects, if shared, nurture an exchange where the value is not only represented by those who want to communicate knowledge, but also by those who actively participate with their own experiences.

The testimony we present today is that of Raffaello Rossini.

With a biography full of experiences, Rossini grew up in the province of Varese, in what he defines as a dormitory town on the border with Switzerland - and this will be the incipit of a series of reflections that will influence his entire production - but he has lived all his life in Bologna. He studied at DAMS first, then cultural anthropology. He has been a political activist for as long as he can remember, he worked in SPRAR and dormitories during his university years and then alternating his activity as a videomaker and reporter with that of researcher and teacher.

His professional and human path, he explains, can be divided into two: on the one hand there is an interest linked to the social and the investigation of social dynamics, on the other hand the more technical interest linked to the world of audio- video and production.

2016, he tells us, represents a turning point for him, when all his interests manage to come together in a joint path. It is the year, in fact, where his Borders of Borders project begins: Raffaello begins to travel, first visits the border between North Macedonia and Greece – starting as an activist but bringing his camera with him –, then the Turkish border- Syrian, the Lebanese one with Syria, to reach Lesvos and again in Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.

Thus was born a research work that turns out to be anthropological research, which analyzes and returns through different languages each time – documentaries, reports, writings, workshops – but which sees the constant theme of borders as a preferential field of investigation. Physical emblem of dynamics of exploitation and violence that he experiences personally, borders represent for Raphael the place where and the reason why conflicts explode.

His project finally takes him to Senegal. Here, during the spring of this year, he investigated the effects of climate change in the country and the methods of joint action of the countries of the Sahelian area involved in the Great Green Wall project. Raphael's goal is to investigate a border that is not made up only of wars and blood, but of resilience and collaboration between peoples - and between peoples and the environment - who unite against a common enemy: desertification, the essence of the lack of life.

It was during his trip to Senegal that Raffaello Rossini attended the INTERSOS Lab course in Digital Communication and Social Media Marketing for the Third Sector . He enrolled driven by the need to spread his project in the Bologna area - an environment with which he feels he has lost contact - in search of comparison, dialogue and the creation of what he defines as a positive polemic which alone restores the value of his work. Its aim – which he defines as political – is in fact to implant doubts, bring down certainties and pre-established truths, create alliances.

The course also allows him to explore issues related to content planning and to reflect on fundraising campaigns and, more generally, on the methods of communication on social networks through tools that – although he initially viewed with suspicion – now he considers useful, professional and creative in travel and work dynamics characterized by speed and unpredictability.