Some stories are difficult to tell because of their density and theirimportance, and because we want to do them justice. Everything Alessia Petitto told me seemed valuable but at the same time difficult to report. Alessia’s story is not that of a startup or a business. At first glance her journey may appear chaotic. She’s 34 and she studied Central Asian Archaeology, influenced by the writing of Tiziano Terzani. She then realised that her degree would not be remunerative and so, before her passion led her to a brick wall, she changed everything. She registered at the Scuola Holden in Turin and studied narrative techniques. Back in Rome, she moved in yet another direction, researching archive images for a production company, beginning to make concepts visible. Unexpectedly, her layered approach and digging as the archaeologist’s modus operandi came in handy. She started to find her way and understand that she was doing something important and building her ideal job. Six years later, and with a permanent contract, she felt she wasn’t growing as she wished. So she quit and started working for herself as a freelance archive researcher. She spends hours and hours sifting through archive material in search of stories, witness accounts and documents. And production companies don’t let her out of their sight because they sense the value of a person who has the courage to follow her own path. Alessia named her project “Eyes on archives”: she keeps an eye on forty Italian and European archives and mediates between them and the production companies she works with. With total clarity she tells me: “I resonate with something; I carry a certain sense of history”. Something unique, that cannot be taken from her. And something that gets people talking.
The story has beenm written by Martina Germani Riccardi, writer.