(b.1988, Termoli, Italy. Works and lives in Mexico City)
As the pandemic stopped the clock of busy existence in Mexico City, artist Stefano Morrone feared the “actual mental damage caused by such a long period of self-isolation.” At the beginning, he roamed the closed, emptied city making documents of the moment. He captured a lone street cleaner on a silent boulevard, a vacant café counter draped in black-and-yellow closure tape, a solitary sidewalk vendor hoping to sell shimmering face shields. “But I started to be afraid of leaving my house. I was afraid of going crazy and of disappearing into depression. The days were all the same and fear and frustration about the future increased.” To find a way forward and to express his feelings, the artist created this more elusive image, saturated in the symbolism of death and life, separation and connection. It is from the moment of Covid-19, yet somehow beyond it.