Aunt Sara

Simona Bonanno

2012 - Ongoing

Sicily, Italy

To spend a day with Aunt Sara, lively 97-year-old, is to live in a timeless tale that repeats (with slight variation): each hour has an habit, a light, an object, a movement, a sound.

Aunt Sara lives alone. She has never been married. She used to live with her parents and since 20 years ago, with her younger sister. She has never needed to work to live. At the age of 40, she decided to teach because she was little bored: an activity like crochet, reading, cooking cakes, charity work. Now, that she is ninety, she is always occupied all day long.

Sara represents a generation that lives between the past and present. I'm truly fascinated by this group of people that has to live by constantly switching from a bygone era to now. They are all trying to move with the times while at the same time protecting themselves in their timeless world.

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  • Living room interior with decorative plates ant family photos.

  • Aunt Sara sits on her table during a meal

  • Every Tuesday Aunt Sara receives fresh eggs from the countryside; they are rolled in a newspaper sheet.

  • Aunt Sara wears her raincoat before going out.

  • Aunt Sara reflected in the mirrors of her favorite spot for the morning coffee.

  • Every Saturday Aunt Sara goes to the hairdresser.

  • Everyday Aunt Sara reads the daily newspaper

  • Parmesan cheese has to be cute with the apposite knife.

  • Aunt Sara lays the table everyday with her cart.

  • Her reading glasses on the table of the living room.

  • Aunt Sara renews her make-up while she is out.

  • Aunt Sara loves to have dinner in her roof in June.

  • Home interior with vase and decorations.

  • Aunt Sara often wears a brooch.