THE LAST SUMMER
This project is about a house in the Northern Italian countryside that my mother inherited by my grandparents, which is also the place where I used to spend summer during my childhood.
In 2011 I was there again, looking for something to read, when, by chance, I found out a book with an inscription for me written by my grandmother in 1990:
"…may this memory be always with you".
I used some titles of the summary of that gift to create the chapters of my photographic research about that place, which is a perfect metaphor, to me, of what is gone.
I. SOUVENIRS D'ENFANCE (2016):
Old pictures of my grandmother and her sister's childhood and youth that I found there and that I revisited in a magical perspective.
II. TRAVAIL SPIRITUEL (2011-2016):
A journey between the past and the present, revising old pictures and confusing them with new ones, blending memories and expectation. It's especially focused on my mother.
I had that idea it in 2011, when my parents wanted to sell the house - they later changed their minds- and I wanted to say goodbye to that place with a photographic project.
3. LA GUERRE (Diambra Mariani and Francesco Mion - 2016):
When my parents decided not to sell the house, me and my partner, who's the co-author of that chapter, decided to go to live there at least one month a year to bring it back to life. It's a sort of 'war' against decadence, but it's like a 'sanctum', a private place protected by modernity.