Eritrea’s capital, lives in a sort of triple dream. The dream of Italian colonialists who went there at the end of the 1800’s with the intention of building a second Rome. The dream of independence from Ethiopia, which became a reality a few years ago. Lastly, the dream of those who wish to escape from this country at any cost, imagining a better future beyond the border.
These three dreams, intertwined, have woven and continue to weave the future of this city, where traces of past and present fade under the unrelenting sun of the highlands.
Born in Rome in 1972, Marco Barbon lives in France since 2001. After a PHD in Aesthetics of Photography at the EHESS in Paris, he took his first steps in the world of photography by working for five years in the staff of the Magnum Photos agency where he had the opportunity to collaborate, among others, with photographers like Harry Gruyaert, Bruce Davidson and Josef Koudelka. Since 2005 he has devoted himself to a personal photographic research which invests the photographic image as a border zone between reality and imaginary, document and fiction. The nature of photography as a trace as well as its ability to evoke the hors-champ and to represent the absence constitutes in particular the framework of his latest works. Author of the books Asmara Dream (Postcart, 2009; reissued in 2016), Cronotopie (Postcart, 2010), Casablanca (Postcart, 2011), Les pas perdus (Poursuite, 2014), Asmara (Be-Pôles, 2014), El Bahr (Filigranes, 2016) and The Interzone (Postcart, 2017), his photographs have been published in the French and international press. His works, regularly exhibited in France and abroad, are part of several public and private collections. Marco Barbon's work is represented by the Clémentine de la Feronnière gallery (Paris) and by the Galerie 127 (Marrakech).
Luca Nizzoli Toetti