Maximus Marquez

Where are you from?

I am from Tivoli in Italy, a wonderful town about 20 miles or so from Rome. Tivoli is a busy, vibrant town which has slowly become a sort of microcosm of Rome. There’s a huge sense of racial diversity here, but due to the small-town nature of our location there’s a necessity for local community which has gone a long way to gelling disparate groups of people that might have not got along otherwise.

What was your childhood like?

Despite being within a half an hour’s drive of Rome, I spent very little time in our nation’s capital. I was more drawn to the wild expanse of Monte Catillo, the stunning countryside and the wonderful people that inhabited these sun-kissed hills. Weekends were spent exploring these stunning environments, in between meeting up with family and spending long evenings eating. It was idyllic and yet not completely free of conflict.

What do you do for a living?

Today I am a restaurant manager in Madrid. Although I loved the relative peace and stability of Tivoli a child, by the time I grew up all I wanted to do was leave! Rome didn’t appeal to me, so I took what I’d learnt about Italian cooking from my Mother and sold food out of a truck on the road. By the time I hit my thirties I was done with travelling and wanted to settle down, so I sold the food truck and took up a permanent position at an Italian restaurant in my adoptive country of Spain!

What are you aiming to achieve here? 

During my time spent driving all over Italy I became all too familiar with the sight of sex workers of all genders wandering the roads of my country. Initially I was shocked, but after I’d seen so many I soon realised that these people comprised a significant section of our population: a used underclass that was underfed and consistently abused by the rest of the country. It’s my goal to change the perception of sex workers and challenge the moral attitudes other have towards them.