Your Sister

by Veronica Barbato

In the early 1980s, movements were always reflected in the trio: reflux, armed struggle and heroin. The three elements that characterized that tragic period. Telling an increasingly popular topic, social discomfort, rebellion, drugs and freedom. This story is that of my sister. At the age of 23 she committed suicide and I am giving her a second life. Orienting myself towards the contemporary, using the language and dimension of street art, keeping faith with the promises of love between sisters and making her travel the world, as she did not have a chance to do. An exhibition and a communication strategy inspired by street art to make it an icon. An exhibition that develops with the natural involvement of people and artists around the world. I launched a communication campaign through billboards. Witnessing the fundamental role of art in defining perception. A photographic exhibition in continuous movement “on the road”. In the photos I insert bright colors to represent hallucinations, phrases taken from his secret diaries, glitter describe the false illusion of drugs, mixing past and present. This project was born from a letter received five years after her death, it was undoubtedly her. The same words, the same way of expressing herself through another person, who acted as an intermediary, this letter saved me from a continuous gravitational collapse. The project is the result of a social redemption, bringing my sister, the protagonist of a life little lived. The photo archive features images of Mary in various disguises, like a true star. I was inspired by the idea of fragility and the relationship between death and life. With her, my childhood never lost its magic, with her, it never lost its drama. Love does not end, death does not separate us.