«In the end I realised it too. I had filled my life with shit, useless things. So I looked in my pockets and I said: that is what you are». Every now and then, you can talk to someone and say that you
are actually talking to yourself. That is how it was with Fabio: on the telephone, while I was firing questions at him, he answered each time with the clear enthusiasm of someone who has a brilliant future in mind and has every intention of going straight ahead. From Terracina, born in ‘83, a degree in art direction and then lots of cinema, lots of art, lots of travelling. A life declined through the stories of others.
When he tells me about “Pocket Project”, the stories of people through the eye of a camera, starting from the items they have in their pockets, I think that it is a fantastic device of oneself, a way to come into contact with people, to place them in the position of being able to say what they know about themselves. It is something I would like to do to those I love, to put to the test
what I have learnt from the voices inside them. Fabio started as an illustrator; he is one of those untiring people that are awake at dawn, that have the rare gift of managing to put what they believe in into what they do. After studying and his first jobs, he fell in love with the art of JR and decided to investigate the anthropological aspect that is behind every art (if it was true that each art always speaks of one thing: humans).
He took his project to New York, and then to Italy, travelling around by car with Giulia, his partner. «Once I asked two mute gentlemen to show me what they had in their pockets. They had two fava beans, a knife and a ruined missal. We should allow ourselves to count on the same easiness, the same lightness». When I get off the phone and go through my pockets to see what I would have had to say, I think that this is the future: a pocket that needs to be emptied.
The story has been written by Matteo Trevisani, writer.
The lives of others filmed by Fabio Persico. A tale about Italians, made browsing through their pockets.