Created over 10 years, “Oyster” is a visual diary realized by Marzocchi in an attempt to understand his troubled family history marked by an absent father and mother.
The images collected, at times rough and violent, tell his hunting for a “cause” for all the suffering and lacks of the past; and show his need to orientate in a story marked by a dysfunctional childish environment.
Combining archival images and his own shots, the author revisits the past to create a path of emancipation and reconciliation with his own biography.
Marzocchi re-read his entire family history according to the adult point of view, closing in that way a circle. Not by chance, actually, this project frequently evokes the figure of the Ouroboros, a symbolic image that recounts a path of evolution and rebirth, or the closing of a circle.
Each book connects to each other; there are 480 diferent covers and each snake is the cover of a book and the back cover of the next one, transforming the 480 books into a singular piece.
“Oyster” is a 84-page book by Leporello, this module allows the reader to have a free and non-linear reading of the publication. It allows a circular reading. Once again, an Ouroboros.
“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.”
Marco Marzocchi‘s photography is the search for people, atmospheres and places of the past that mix 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 that combine like in a poem.
His work alternates 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.