Inauguration of a video installation at the former Day Hotel, Mazzini Square.

On the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of the first bombings on the city, which occurred in February 1943, the Committee for the History and Memories of the Municipality of Modena, together with the Historical Institute of Modena, the Women’s Documentation Center, and PopHistory, has organized the project “When (even here) the bombs fell. 1944-45: Allied raids on Modena.”

Among the proposed initiatives is the creation of an immersive video installation in the spaces of the former Day Hotel, in Mazzini Square (Modena). The installation is constructed using primary sources (footage, photographs, posters, and audio news) that the team of historians has selected, analyzed, and assembled to create a narrative that is both engaging and rich in complexity.

The video installation will be inaugurated on Wednesday, February 14th, at 5:30 PM and will then be open to the public – with free admission – during the following hours:
Tuesday to Friday 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM.

At 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM on each day of opening, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a simulated situation of being in an air raid shelter during a bombing. Participants will enter the “shelter” and thus have the chance to imagine the sensations experienced by the population during those dramatic moments.

As part of the same project, from February 14th to April 18th, graphic installations set up in significant locations of the city during the bombings will be available for consultation: places hit, others that became refuge for the population, telling the new daily life that the people of Modena had to shape to cope with the air raids. All identified locations will be marked on a large map that can be consulted on the pavement of Mazzini Square, in pocket-sized paper format, and in digital format with further details.