Made over the course of 10 years, 'Oyster' is a visual diary compiled by Marco Marzocchi (born 1974 in Ferrara, Italien) as a way to uncover clues in understanding his absent parents. At times bordering on frustration and violence, his images express his search for a 'culprit', a cause for his disfunctional childhood environment. Using archival and original imagery, the artist ransacks the past to build a present in a process of forgiving and letting go, in search of love and healing.
“This work represents my experience in recovering and understanding my parents, their lives and their relationship towards myself. I never knew them well because they split when I was 6 years old, and they both died young. Drugs, addictions, jail and a dysfunctional environment, these were constant elements. This work is focused on dealing with and replacing all the doubts and the fears that I had. Exorcizing the pain and the search for love.” Marco Marzocchi.
About - Marco Marzocchi's photography is the search for people, atmospheres and places of the past, mixed with the present in order to define it and make sense of it. It is beauty in everyday simplicity and in those small details that hide joy, fear, or pain, elements combined like in a poem. An extremely personal and autobiographical story taken at times urgently and sometimes with patient research.
His work alternates between impulsiveness and rationality, both in shooting and editing. But nothing is casual. Everything is traced back to a narrative that is both introspective and open to the outside world. A succession of questions and answers and yet more questions, to give meaning to deep dynamics, to facts from the past, to love, to photography itself.