Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Marco Marzocchi, Oyster, Void, Athens, 2019, ed. 480

This is a really powerful photographic accordion book, with the feel of a family album, in which Marzocchi reckons with the legacy of his upbringing with his parents by splicing together a variety of different types of photographs. Created over ten years the artist states that: 

"This work represents my experience in recovering and understanding my parents, their life and their relationship with me. I never knew them well because they split when I was 6 years old, and they both died young. Drugs, addictions, jail and dysfunctional environment, these were constant elements. This work is focused on dealing with and replacing all the doubts and fears that I had. Exorcising the pain and searching for love."

The snake on the front cover is a reference to the 'Ouroborus', an ancient Egyptian and Greek symbol symbolizing the unity of all things, as well that of rebirth. The pacing of this book, the use of the white space of the page and the careful placement of the photographs, coupled with the varied types of imagery, all seem to be part of the larger work of the book — the creation of a new narrative of Marocchi's relationship with his parents, and the opportunity to move forward towards a more positive future, a rebirth of sorts.

84 single-sided pages, individually 6.5" x 5.25" and when fully opened 36' 9".

back cover

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