“Sicilia is an autobiographical text, a monologue voice which strives to put together the broken pieces of an almost bygone family puzzle by using as a starting point almost forgotten names of family members, cities, villages: Palermo, Messina, Agrigente… It is the logbook of a trip I have undertaken, following the path of my mother’s family, that of my grand–parents, of my great-grand-parents, who, one day, decided to leave behind their ancestral land, “Sicily”, and sail to, first, Tunisia and then to France. Seeking for a better future or what pictured as such. Going back in time from origins until now, as an attempt to reconstruct my own identity though these interrogations: Who were these people? What trace is there left of them? What archaic traditions am I now unknowingly the bearer of?
Few things are left of them, of these events blotted out from the family memory. This project is an attempt to assemble the scattered pieces of this story, of some memories and trivialities passed on to me, recollections gathered during my journey, fuelled by imagination, which also fills in the missing gaps. At times, fiction would take over reality, wherever the trip would take me. With this project, I would like to question migration and its consequences. What does it mean to leave everything behind? To forever quit the land of one’s origins, the very same land we cultivate? To abandon one’s culture and language in order to blend in with the others in a host country? While there is strong controversy and new severe laws everywhere on national identity, we will try to explore identity by using the intimate angle of a personal and family story.
The spectators are gathered around a big raised table, as if they were the members of her family.”