Marzia Migliora transforms everything she touches. A born performer, this Italian “plays” in video, sound, draughtsmanship and design. But her work is no game. More a labour of love, and with a dark side, constantly returning to themes of identity and self, of desire, intimacy, memory, of loss and even of obsession. In November 2006 she staged a major exhibition “Tanatosi” at the Fondazione Merz, Turin, followed by two exhibitions at the Musée Carré d’Art in Nîmes and another one ’Bianca e il suo contrario’ in the Gallery Rumma in Milan.
I was six or seven and I wasn’t doing very well in Maths. I thought that maybe the reason for this was that I couldn’t see the blackboard properly so I was taken to the opticians and given my first pair of glasses. They were big, brown, ugly things but I was happy. Those glasses became a part of me. They were made specially for me and for me only. I still have them among my personal possessions.
I remember my grandfather and his glasses. He kept them in a drawer in the sitting room and every day he would very carefully put them back there to keep them out of harm’s way. It was quite a little domestic ritual. He is no longer with us but I feel sure that if I were to open that drawer in the sitting room I would find his glasses still there.
I hope that my eyesight always stays the same and never changes. This way I can continue to know myself inside and out and accept myself as I am. Being a little short-sighted is a good thing for me, because it means I don’t have to deal with any harsh contrasts. Everything is softened by being ever so gently out offocus and I’m happy to go on seeing it all that way.