Camille Carbonaro

Appelez-moi Victoria is a visual archaeology that explores elements of memory, genealogy and exile. This investigation related to the consequences of my family’s migration from Italy to Marseille. I address issues of self definition, the discovery of one’s own roots and the exploration of my memory traces and neuroses.  Between reality and fiction: an investigation and a personal quest, on psychic and mystical levels, concerning my distant, evaporated, disappeared Italian origins, which I try to compose from fragments of stories of children of immigrants. With the help of a psycho-genealogist – a theory established by Alejandro Jodorowsky – I investigate out of focus and forgotten aspects of my family memory. This project is about emotional legacy; it’s about a ritual passage which has left its signs, its marks, for future generations to witness but never live again.”

Why abandon our roots on the border?

Children of exile, what will be our heritage?

This project is carried out as part of the Residence 1+2 Photography Sciences in Toulouse in 2018, and was published by Filigranes Editions.

Born in Marseille (Fr)  in 1989, Camille Carbonaro lives and works in Brussels (Be).

She is a photographer, visual artist, author and publisher at Macaronibook.

Her work as an author and publisher is resolutely based on a thought of the fertility of migration and multiculturalism, by constantly questioning the transmission, the emotional and identity heritage, the violence of what is kept quiet and has been masked from family roots.

Her researchs take place on the thin line between fiction and reality, to the past and the present and question the historical narrative and the picture-document. She confronts her own photographs with vernacular images playing with archives and the “lie-truth” that constitutes memory.

Camille Carbonaro investigates the themes identity, memory, genealogy and exile through a mixed-media approach of visual archeology where photography, writing, altered archives, embroidery and printing weave excavated stories. The book-object is at the heart of her process and study of creating harmony between papers, pictures and printing.


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