Lens based artist, Mario Cerroni continues the project with Challenge number eight.
"Leavings", 21"h X 27"w, photography,
The bottom layer is my mother's passport from when we came to Canada in 1953. I was 20 months old. They traveled by boat, leaving Naples on Nov 21 and arrived in Halifax on Dec 1. I can't imagine what conditions would be like to cross the Atlantic during the last week of November!
But when the hopes of a new and better life await you I imagine that it strengthens your resolve and contributes to your perseverance.
The surface layered images are from a house that I visited in Priverno, Italy in May of 2019. It was my first trip back to Italy. The house that is pictured stands on the land that my dad's family occupied. This house has been sitting empty since the early to mid 80's. It has now been bought by a cousin that is going to restore it. My parents would have visited my dad's parents in this house.
So the image is about what's left behind when new beginnings are sought.
It might be about origins. And it might be about dreams and hopes and the courage to pursue them.
I haven't finished with the image either. It is evolving. Not sure where it will be in a month or so.
Anyway - I hope that something in the image and/or the back story strikes a chord and inspires you...