Project Details


Short Description and Goal

Sister cities of Columbus, USA, and Genoa, Italy, exhibit portraits of their citizens taken by Emanuele Timothy Costa. The goal of art exchange is to expose communities and look into the eyes of someone who lives somewhere else.

Detailed Description

Emanuele Timothy Costa is a self-taught photographer from Genoa, Italy. He is most known for his Thousand People of Genoa project which consists of portraits of the people in his hometown. He was inspired by the faces of the residents of his city and wanted to create a platform for people to connect with each other. He believes that one can learn someone’s story by simply looking into their eyes. That seeing a familiar face creates a sense of connection, belonging, and understanding, regardless of how different another may appear.

The Thousand People of Genoa exhibit was showcased in Columbus for two weeks in the spring of 2018. The portraits were on display at the Columbus Museum of Art, the Cultural Arts Center, John Glenn International Airport, Greater Columbus Convention Center, and Franklin Park Conservatory. Exhibition also featured an Artist talk.

During this time, Costa took photographs of over 1,400 Greater Columbus residents for the Thousand People of Columbus exhibit. This project was on display in Genoa, Italy in October 2019.


Costa has extended the #Thousandpeople project to several cities already.

Resources This Project Needed

The cost of the project was $25,000 and was supported by Columbus City Council and in-kind contributions from other community partners. The city partnered with the Greater Columbus Convention Center, John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the Columbus Museum Of Art, Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Cultural Arts Center to be the hosts of Costa’s exhibit.

Initiated by

  • Greater Columbus Sister Cities International

Initiators are

• Private individual(s) / Civil society

Funded by

• Municipality

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Contact Info

Project Topics

Arts & Culture

Level / Project Complexity /


Participating Cities

  • Genoa
  • Greater Columbus

Sizes of Participating Cities

• 500.000 - 1,5 Mio
• more than 1,5 Mio

Participating Countries

  • Italy
  • The United States of America

Project Region(s)

• Europe
• North America

Media Credits

Cover picture: © 2020 Greater Columbus Sister Cities International,