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/
– Looking Askance, Gallery SKE and The University of Chicago Delhi Center, New Delhi, India, October 18–November 10, 2015, curated by Laura Letinsky (group exhibit). Artists include: Matthew Connors, Valerie Snobeck, Daniel Traub, Anna Elise Johnson, Marco G. Ferrari, Danielle Rosen, and Jayson M. Kellogg. https://marcogferrari.com/exhibition/looking-askance/