Erini Boukla

The Bicycle Thieves


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Ladri di biciclette is a 1948 Italian neo-realist film directed by Vittorio De Sica and portrays the lives of ordinary people. Ricci

is an unemployed man who finds a job that requires a bicycle. On his first day of work the bicycle gets stolen. Ricci and his young

soncommence a desperate search around Rome for his bicycle.


Stripped and abandoned bikes and locks have become part of the urban landscape, evident everywhere as a form of urban malaise.

I look to acknowledge their passing in my own poetic dialogue with the street. Seemingly anonymous observations culled from

Ladri di biciclette are scattered around the city.