This work is the visual tale of a farewell never given. In 2020 I lost, within a short time, my grandmother and my aunt.
Italy was experiencing the first lockdown due to Covid19 then and I, just like everyone else, was locked in my house. The virus had nothing to do with my relatives’ death, but it became the invisible and insurmountable obstacle between me and my family. In order to take my mind off that reality, I remember spending hours and hours in my photographic archive and immersing myself in the lives and places that I had told visually in previous periods. From that moment on, a stream of consciousness unknowingly started and a visual diary was born. I lost my loved ones, but it’s like I couldn’t live that loss, I couldn’t process what was happening; I was locked in my house and two important parts of me had just left.
I started looking for a way to express my emptiness, it was the only thing I could do.
I grew up halfway between the city and the mountains: in fact, my maternal grandparents live in a rural village in Umbria that has seven inhabitants. I have always lived hidden in nature: through it I protect and, at the same time, reveal my most intimate emotions.
I couldn’t go out so I brought nature to me.
My family members’ faces, the animals, the natural elements have always had something in common: in my vision there is a red thread that bonds them.
Instinctively, almost to preserve all the emotions I was experiencing, I told about the coexistence with these losses during such a complex and surreal historical period Ð creating a parallel world in which the absence of time, the ‘non-places’ and the dreamlike factor have allowed me to meet the difficult reality lived and the need to breathe through imagination. After almost four years I still find glimpses of them in my daily life, in my spaces and in the people that are close to me.
Cinzia Laliscia (b. 1999) is a young intimate documentary photographer born and based in Italy. Her personal works arise from themes such as nostalgia, timelessness, the unconscious and the relationship between humans and nature. The act of creating images and series helps her to talk about her family experiences and memories.
In 2021 she graduated with honors in Visual Arts at the European Institute of Design in Rome. Since 2022 her work ‘Finalmente posso andare’ has been shown at festivals and venues including Photo Vogue Festival (Italy), Incadaques International Photo Festival (Spain), Liquida Photo Festival (Italy), Charta Photobook Festival (Italy), Photometria International Festival (Greece), Photopolis Agrinio Photo Festival (Greece), at 254 Forest with Photographic Exploration Project (Belgium) and at Fonderia 20.9 (Italy).
She’s part of collective books and magazines such as ‘Encourage’ edited by Canon after being selected for the Student Development Program during the Visa Pour l’Image Festival, ‘AND 2022’ edited by Then there was us, ‘Wildness flavour’ edited by Yogurt Editions.
She was mentioned and had her work published online on The Guardian, Vogue, Der Greif, PhMuseum, Photo Vogue, Humble Arts Foundations, Black Camera Italia, IL FOTOGRAFO and Perimetro.