The more I grow, the less I know (2)

February 15th, 2013 by zerbini3marta3s



By Marta Zerbini (1994) LSP Assisi / Italy

My life is changing quickly: I’ve just turned 18 and I feel much more responsible than I was … and this scares me.

I can vote, but I don’t know who for. I can take my driving license, but I know I must be very careful. I will finish school in June, but I will have to take an important decision.

I have to decide what kind of life I would like to have:  if I want to go to university (and which faculty?) or if I prefer to travel around the world for one year and learn another language,  or maybe it’s better to look for a job, earn some money and stop being dependent on my family…

The hard thing is to take a decision in such a short time having no ideas, while my friends know perfectly what to do.

The  problem is that   I am very close to my family and I get homesick easily. I’m very attached to my town, my habits and my friends, and I do not believe that I could leave  all this  without knowing if I’ll ever come back, even if I love travelling and visiting new places.

I suppose that I will move from here anyway because in my area I won’t be able to study any of the  University subjects I like, like Architecture or Psychology , and it would be very hard to pass the admission test  to study Medicine. Furthermore, this period of financial and political instability is shaking all  my certainties: all the professions I am interested in have so many unemployed people who are qualified that I am no longer motivated to study and improve myself.

I would like to find something  useful that I like, in which I can channel my energy, my time and my future … but  uncertainty  blocks me and influences my choices.

This is changing my life: I am more and more fearful about the future, and thinking about it  I can’t enjoy the present.

Umbria: Life in the past

May 22nd, 2012 by zerbini3marta3s

by Marta Zerbini and Elena Tardioli (1994), LSP Assisi/Italy

Hi everybody! We have read and seen some interviews done by other groups that treated the theme of life in the past, so we have decided to take it as the starting point for our work. For us, living in our region, Umbria,  is very important to have a strong and lasting attachment  with our  origins and with our grandparents, that represent our past, culture and traditions.

The aim of our interviews was to understand    living conditions during the 40s and the 50s and inform our Comenius partners on it. To do this we have asked our grandparents some questions. This is the result of our survey.

Umbria has always been an agricultural territory whose economy is based on  agriculture: so most Umbrian families have always lived in relation to the plantations. In the years we have taken into exam,  people were considered lucky  if they had small pieces of land or little farms, because this kind of property meant wellbeing and wealth. The rich, that were often landowners, could live according to a comfortable standard, using cars to move around, living in big houses often in the city, watching television and getting a formal education. On the contrary,  the poor or the people living in the countryside had smaller houses and couldn’t afford a car, a proper education or, later,  a TV.

Assisi in 1955

Although in the post war years poverty was widespread, every member of the family was considered and respected by the others, especially the elderly ones: there was in fact a strong attachment not only between  parents and children, but among generations. The woman was very busy in the house and she did all the housework from the control of the hen-house to the kitchen management,  while the man worked all day long in the fields.

Was it the same in your countries?

Italienische Einheit nach 150 Jahren

February 24th, 2012 by zerbini3marta3s

“Italia con cancro”  von  Celeste Salemi

by  Marta Zerbini  (1994),  LSP Assisi / Italy

Auf der Messe der Einheit in Perugia sind mehrere Werke ausgestellt worden.

Der wichtigste Eindruck dieser Kunstausstellung ist die massive Präsenz von Werken, die auf eine Kontradiktion zwischen den “historischen italienischen Werten” und “dem Italien von heute” deuten. Ich bin der Meinung, dass es äußerst wichtig ist, über diesen spezifischen Punkt zu refelektieren.

Man fragt sich hier spontan, nach eineinhalb Jahrhunderten, wo all jene Werte geblieben sind, die die Menschen dazu gebracht haben, für die Einheit des Landes zu kämpfen, und vor allem, durch was sind diese Werte ersetzt worden?

Das Werk, dass meiner Meinung nach am besten auf diese Frage geantwortet hat ist dasselbe, das ich im Text zitiert habe.

In diesem Werk ist ein Mann dargestellt mit einem vom leidenden zum furiosen Gesichtsausdruck. Er hält die italienische Flagge fest.

Die Besonderheit ist das rote Ende der Fahne, in ein fremdes Material auf die Leinwand aufgetragen, um den Zusammenbruch der italienischen Kultur darzustellen.
In der Tat sehen wir viele allegorische Elemente aus dieser Substanz auf dem Bild, und diese Elemente bringen uns zu einer Reflexion: die Büste einer Barbie, Kens Kopf, ein Busen und eine Kopie vom Werk dieGöttliche Komödie“, deren Seiten kaputt gegangen sind.

Kein anderes Objekt kann besser die Ruine unseres Landes vertreten: Es scheint, dass das Wichtigste heutzutage das Aussehen, die Ästhetik und die Körperlichkeit sind, so dass die Kultur, die uns charakterisiert, komplett beseitigt wenn nicht zerstört wird.

Eine einfache Arbeit in diesem Fall ist in der Lage, Fragen und Diskussionen zu entwickeln. Wo befinden wir uns heute, nur nach150 Jahren danach, nachdem wir für so große Ideale gekämpft haben?

Wir feiern die Vereinigung von Italien, aber was bleibt nun von den Prinzipien, die wir feiern?

Unity of Italy after 150 years

February 24th, 2012 by zerbini3marta3s

“Italia con cancro”  by  Celeste Salemi

By Marta Zerbini  (1994),  LSP Assisi / Italy

An  exhibition in  Perugia presents a collection of works of various contemporary artists, to honor the founding fathers of our country. It is called Artisti uniti per l’unità d’Italia, i.e.  Artists united for the unity of Italy.

The common theme  is the unification of Italy, and one of the main issues is the making  of the nation during the Risorgimento.

What emerges from the exhibition is the high number of works that highlight the  contradiction between the “​​Italian values” and ” Italy today”.  I personally believe that it is important to deal with this particular point. One might wonder, after a century and a half, where all those values ​​that led people to fight for the unification of the country have gone, and what has replaced them.
The work of the exhibition which I think has been able to answer  this question best is the one shown above.

It represents   a man who, with a suffering and angry expression, firmly holds the Italian flag. The  red end of the flag is about to be sucked into a strange material applied on the canvas, in order to represent the collapse of the Italian culture.
In fact, on  this substance we can see allegorical elements that lead us to a reflection: the body of a Barbie, Ken’s head, a breast and a copy of The Divine Comedy whose torn pages are flying in the air. Nothing better to  represent the cultural decadence of the  country: it seems that what counts nowadays is only to  appear, aesthetics and the flesh so that our culture is completely discarded if not destroyed.

A work of art like this can  raise questions and discussions, suggesting  what we are like after fighting for noble  ideals 150 years ago.

We celebrate the unification of Italy , but what remains now of those  principles?

Posted on 20th February 2012