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Children borne of troubled families can carry the unfair burdens of shame and guilt. The fear of this personal history being exposed can estrange, the fear of rejection can cripple; experiencing loss seems to make people fear it more than anything. This is why it can be so empowering for people to face this fear and come into the open with their personal histories.

It is in this that Marco Marzocchi (b. 1974, Italy) joins a tradition of visual diary-making with a fascinating series that is simultaneously both melancholic and tender. Mixing photographs from various sources, the images and accompanying hand-written entries are troubled and dark in tone. But there are hints of hopeful glances and shy smiles to be found, promises of untroubled intimacy.