Michele Mari, Francesco Pernigo
Asterusher | Autobiografia per feticci
The home is a place that has inspired authors throughout history, a space that has been applied in many different ways in literature: the home as a physical or imaginary place, a closed space of family remembrance or a chosen environment for the manifestations of the subconscious. We leave our traces on the homes in which we have lives, as they leave their traces on us.
Michele Mari speaks about his homes, those where he spent long periods during childhood, and he does so though images, through “fetishes”, as per the book’s subtitle. In a tale that intertwines with photographs by Francesco Pernigo, Mari invites us inside his homes, showing us hidden corners, through anecdotes and quotations, a history that is inextricably linked to the objects that populate them. What emerges is a literary identity evoked through the physical traces of a personal and familiar story, an ambiguous identity like those, alluded to in the title, in Borges’ Asterion and Poe’s Usher.