I was born in the region of Emilia Romagna in the centre north of Italy, in the Bassa Parmense, a very flat area of this region famous for the production of Parma ham and Parmesan cheese, for its castles scattered all over the territory and for the extremely humid hot climate in the summer and thick creamy soup like fog in the winter.
Even if I have lived most of my life in Rome, I feel emiliana. I recognize it as my homeland and it is the place of my family.
In fact it is the place where one day (no hurry) I will be buried.
In this area, genial and eccentric personalities have been born. Perhaps the extreme weather forges the passions of the people living in this flat part of the world.
One of my father’s cousins is, for instance, an incredible collector of posters, postcards and antiques. His collection is exquisite, professionally archived and is constantly utilized by local media outlets.
One of my cousins is a successful reportage photographer who spends months covering the struggles in place like the Democratic Republic of Congo, wins prizes but keeps away from the limelight.
During my most recent trip back I also met a very interesting and sweet interior designer who used to own a very cool design shop in Salsomaggiore and has decorated some wonderful properties in the area. She happens to be +deco reader as well, which makes me happy.
At Easter, I went to visit the Masone’s Labyrinth as well and discovered an incredible artist called Marco Barina.
Marco Barina makes ancestral anthropomorphic figures with things he finds in flee markets.
His figures that incredibly look primitive and futuristic at the same time, stare at you with different eyes!