Following the Italian elections in February 2013, Francesco Zizola photographed the new faces of Italian politics, namely the Five Star Movement (M5S).
M5S obtained a formidable success and emerged as the most voted single party in Italy. Although its founder and leader Beppe Grillo – a comedian and blogger turned activist – was not a candidate, the M5S obtained an unexpected number of seats in Parliament and emerged as the third political force in regional council elections in Lombardy, Lazio and Molise.
The movement intercepted the frustration, anger and hopes for change of a large portion of the Italian population, deceived by decades of corruption, political stagnation and unassailable privileges embodied by the old establishment.
It is a movement of engaged and committed citizens bent on overthrowing the old ruling class, considered responsible of the moral and economic crisis that is strangling Italy. Instead, the M5S presents itself as the new hope, the pacific and civil alternative to the indignados and occupy movements that have emerged in other countries.
Environmentalism, direct democracy, economic degrowth, green technologies, social justice and euroscepticism are the key issues of the M5S political agenda. Young, educated and engaged, they represent the hopes and ideals of a whole generation of Italian citizens lost to the economic crisis and to the political decline of the last twenty years.