It is an attentiveness to my subjective experience, the meanings that I form upon entering a place and the historical record that I confront, which I want to use as points of tension within my work. This attempt can be seen in the video footage of the ‘Concordia’ shipwreck.
I was aware of my implications as a filmmaker going to the Mediterranean Island of Giglio, where tourists travel for vacation and in 2012 to also photograph the remains of a tragic ‘global’ event. To me the lodged shipwreck along the coast in front of people who continue their vacations symbolized many social and political tensions currently present in Italy. On a more universal level, I wanted to comment on the excessive need we have to image making and the contradiction of my documenting this activity.
Ferragosto, 2012–13, high-definition color video, sound, 5:45 min, Italy, Marco G. Ferrari (personal, film, installation). https://marcogferrari.com/work/ferragosto/
– Sway: 2013 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition; Ferrari, Somers & Harris-Trevor, Logan Center for the Arts Gallery & Screening Room, The University of Chicago, IL, USA, May 18–26, 2013 (group exhibit). Exhibited Attraction, 2012; D(z)iga, 2012; Ferragosto, 2013; Skyway, 2012–13; and Parabola, 2013. https://marcogferrari.com/exhibition/sway-2013-mfa-thesis-exhibition-ferrari-somers-trevor/