Filippo Barbero

Borderland (2018 - 2023)

"All things in life that once existed tend to re-create".
“Borderland” represents an intimate research in a familiar place where I grew up since my tender years. Here I would find refuge in my grandparents’ house and feel a strong love coming from them, nature and all the living creatures in the land – those silent hills where I felt free to express myself. To me everything is bordered in this rural village on Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, and it is this dimension of indefiniteness that pushes me to a relentless pursuit for the traces of a time that I have not lived enough or that I have lived too much.
My past blends with my present and suggests my future steps. I do not know whether I should listen to it or let myself be carried away by the fresh wind – the same one that accompanied me and my grandfather and our conversations about existentialism during hot summer nights, while marvelling at the beauty of the constellation, lying downhill on a wet meadow.
Everything that surrounds me wants to get close to me, just like then, rethinking the legacy of a relationship created in time: with this aim, begins a process of interpreting reality without a celebratory, symbolist nor documentary intent. Rather, it turns out to be an evolution aimed at a deep redemption of my past and present being, producing at the same time an emotional tension that, just as on an extremity, hovers between joy and pain.
In such research, which aims to establish a continuous dialogue between memory, reality and dream, I try to retrace over time fragments of an existence regarding family, growth and belonging.
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