Moira Ricci – Per sempre con te fino alla morte
Per sempre con te fino alla morte is the first stage in a series of works the artist has devoted to love. The starting point for the project – because our sexual and sentimental behaviour is rooted in our family – is the love story of Ricci’s parents, how they met, and their engagement, wedding and tragic separation. when the artist’s mother died suddenly. The title of the exhibition, which means “forever with you until death do us part”, comes from a letter that Ricci’s father wrote to his fiancée in 1970.
Per sempre con te fino alla morte revolves around a drawing with the troubling iconology of danger, loss, absence: the skull and crossbones. Today, this image on the letter written by Ricci’s father becomes the indelible mark of love lost. The artist began to observe the behaviour of a man left alone (a widower) constantly seeking a new love that often resembles the one he had. Therefore, not only did the artist record what her father does at home (constantly playing and singing love songs) but, with him, she started to go to public dancehalls, where she discovered that the behaviour of single men and women is akin to that of teenagers, confirming that the various phases of falling in love, conquest and abandonment are the same at any age and regardless of one’s background.
With this exhibition, Ricci investigates the “before” and the “after” of a story through photographic reproductions, details from love letters and videos. In “Per sempre con te fino alla morte” we find courtship, commitment, loss and the ongoing search for love amidst dancehalls rife with nostalgia.
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