LA MARéE DE LA MéMOIRE
On one side: the tide, a natural phenomenon provoked by the force of the moon. On the other, the memory, which is the whole essence of our human society. Memory invades our head at any time of our life like the ebbing of the sea, erase itself and then comes back to haunt us. It is also cyclical and changes with time like the rocks that are eroded by a constant and persistent current. Memories often come with nostalgia and we try to make them immortals, maybe with a camera. The tide and the memory are very alike: they are predictable because they always come back. This exhibition takes a look back on a four years journey on the traces of the ethnic origins of Marzio Villa. We follow him in a profound introspection beginning with the Brazilian suburbs of Curitiba which surround the hospital where he was born, the church where he was baptized and the orphanage where his brother was also adopted. Marzio then suggest that we emerge in the landscapes of his Italian childhood, on the roads between Milan and the region of the Liguria where he spent all of his summers. Marzio also achieved a series of portraits of his family and the priest that worked to make his adoption possible. He also portrayed his mother, his father, his oncle and aunt, his grandmother, his step father and step mother and finally his brother with his newborn baby. His iconography is always close to a pictural aesthetic and influenced by the Italian painters of the Renaissance. The exhibition is a reconstitution of a dynamic and complex family, yet touching.