Partner: Bianca Garavaglia –  Sector: Health  –  Country: Italy –  Place: Milan –  Year: 2019 –  Project Status: Concluded –  Type: AMI


An experimental artistic project aimed at the youth participating in the Youth Project of the Istituto Nazionale Tumori (INT) (National Cancer Institute) of Milan.



Combat the isolation, the endless days and the confinement of adolescent cancer patients by bringing normalcy, strength and beauty into the hospital and their homes.


24 adolescents and young adult cancer patients at the INT Pediatric Cancer ward who participate in the Youth Project.


The Youth Project of the Pediatric Cancer section of the IRCCS Foundation, National Cancer Institute of Milan, was created in 2011 by the Bianca Garavaglia Association for adolescent cancer patients with the aim to create a new, specific medical and cultural organizational model that aims at not only dealing with the illness but also the life of the young patients by bringing normalcy, their creativity, strength and beauty into the hospital.

Adolescent cancer patients often experience particularly problematic situations that are not dealt with adequately as regards their clinical and psychological needs. They end up in “no man’s land”, caught between child and adult oncology.

The Condominy artistic project, within the Youth Project, aims to combat the serious physical and social isolation experienced by adolescent cancer patients by building a condominium on a virtual platform composed of various rooms created from their individual concepts of the “ideal room”. Each “tenant” has a wooden box (a DIY kit that is sent also to those confined to their homes and unable to go to the Institute) inside of which they mount their rooms through writing, images, songs, drawings and objects.

Created by an artist, the final objective of the project is to put together an installation in collaboration with a studio of architects of a real, to scale condominium that connects isolated patients in a network and which can be “visited” in a dedicated exhibit.