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// Marco lives and works in Florence, Italy. Both his personal and documentary research move through a deep interest in human environment and life, looking for different approaches to visual art and creative communication. We present some (self)portraits from his series “Me, myself and nobody – The Stanislavskij Situation”.

His works have been awarded, published and exhibited internationally. He has also been a winner and finalist in many prestigious photography awards.

His favourite quote about the arts was pronounced in 1825 by the great violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini when asked by king Carlo Felice for an encore of a piece he had liked, but since Paganini was often improvising, he was unable to repeat the performance, so he answered with the famous sentence.

“Paganini does not repeat.”

Niccolò Paganini

What draws you to the arts?

I guess the first “goal” of creative stuff in general is to leave a concrete trace of our transition in the present world, creating your own recognizable point of view, and through this getting in touch with people around you by building a different channel of unconventional communication. My main influences? Of course they come from cinema, as you may have understood.” 

What do you like best about this photographic project?

The complete dreaming/nightmarish metamorphosis into someone else.

Marco has provided an artistic statement for this rather “cinematic” (in an old-fashioned sense) portrait series, which we are reproducing below without edits. He told us that “it is a self portrait series. Or maybe a portrait series, I really can’t tell the difference since I saw the result. As for the process, isn’t it the result itself?” You may recognize some of the characters, albeit with difficulty.


Who am I? What will I be? Why am I here? Where am I going? / In the language of an actor, to know is synonymous with to feel. / What is important to me is not the truth outside myself, but the truth within myself. / The person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the best actor you could ever hope to be. / Never allow yourself externally to portray anything that you have not inwardly experienced and which is not even interesting to you. / Put life into the imagined circumstances and actions until you have completely satisfied your sense of truth and until you have awakened a sense of faith in the reality of your own sensations. / The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation. / Every person who is really an artist desires to create inside of himself another, deeper, more interesting life than the one that actually surrounds him. / When we are on stage, we are in the here and now. / Fear your admirers! Learn in time to hear, understand, and love the cruel truth about yourselves!

(Konstantin Sergeevič Stanislavskij)

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To see more of his photography visit Marco´s website and his Facebook page.

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