"Through the Memory" is a narration of stories and facts from the past. Through the usage of collages and cuttings from personal images and appropriations of archival one’s, the artist is physically “depicting” two different stories of real life, both set during the Second World War. The subjects of his pieces are members of his family; in fact this work analysed and embodied an alteration of the relation between the subjects and the photographer. The sense of uncanny and the celebrative purpose of the art pieces are important binding elements of the work
- In 1945 at the age of 20 years old, Spartaco started working for the Italian Army as a mine-clearer. Italy was a huge minefield, every day the group was composed of 20-30 people and everyday they came back in less than 10 people. During those years he met Marcella his future wife. She watched him leave home every day, without knowing if in the evening she would cry for the pain of having lost him or smile for the joy of his return. For this reason Marcella’s family never allowed her to married him, until , 8 years afterwards in 1953, he had stopped working as a mine-clearer.
- On September 8th 1943, Badoglio, the Italian main general, together with the highest levels of the government and the Italian monarchy, took the important decision to change sides during the conflict, renouncing the Nazis and joining the Allies. As a result, Italian soldiers stationed abroad along the Axis' lines were meant to return to Italy - not to finally go home, but to be newly stationed along Alliance lines. Franco and his fellow soldiers were on their way back to Italy when they were captured by the Nazis and deported to a concentration camp in Germany. The place was a smaller camp near Buchenwald. He lived the nightmare of the camp for 3 years before its liberation, and out of all his companions he was one of the few to survive.