Attilio Fiumarella

The Swimmers
Location: vancouver
Nationality: italian
Biography: Attilio Fiumarella is a photographer interested in social landscapes. His work focus on identity, social justice, migration and environment. Attilio was born in Italy and moved to Portugal in 2003 to complete his degree in architecture. He worked... read on
One of the first public facilities built in Balsall Heath was the Moseley Road Baths. Constructed in two stages, being the first the construction of the Free Library, the baths were designed by William Hale and Son, and opened their doors on October 30, 1907. There were restrictions to access, as it was common at the time, and three different entrances attest to that: one for first class men, another for second class men, and a third one for women. Its unique architecture and gathering purpose made it the icon of the neighbourhood.
After several years of decline, one of the two swimming pools has been refurbished, restoring its old lustre. Sadly, the Gala pool is still left to degradation. The Birmingham City Council intended to close the Baths permanently in 2015, following the opening of a new sports facility.
This body of work aims to outline the loss of this valuable heritage and also to strengthen the relationship between the pool and its people.

“The swimmers” involved in this project use or used to swim in this facilities. This narrative was a way to engage with the users of the facility and it was a way to bring them into the creative process trough a partecipative process photographer and subject were joined together to claim the valuable heritage in risk of closure.

In 2016 the World Momunent Fund has included the Moseley Road Baths in its watch list.
In 2020 the roof was finally fixed so the rest of the pool can be  now restored.


By Attilio Fiumarella —


Planet Plastic

By Attilio Fiumarella — Recycling is to the saving the environment what cello tape is to a sinking boat. Only 10% of the plastic waste is collected for recycling in North..


By Attilio Fiumarella — In October 25th 2013, a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) was found on the Portuguese coast - Praia da Apulia, Esposende. Due to its big dimension..

British Subject

By Attilio Fiumarella — The status ‘British Subject’ was mainly used between 1949 and 1982 for citizens from the Commonwealth. After changes in legislation, the..
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