The Brookyn-based Italian photographer Gaia Squarci movingly documented her grandmother’s last days in Italy. It is a story that is both sad and familiar, echoed in every family, in every country as those close to us get older, become sick and leave this world. Squarci’s words are as much of a tribute to her grandmother as her images are.
“My grandmother’s life and mine overlapped for 27 years. I always called her “Nonna,” writes Squarci.
“Our age difference and profoundly contrasting values and way of thinking did not prevent us from developing a strong bond and a relationship punctuated by mischievous games and moments of tenderness and humor. We were amused by our differences.”
Here, old family photographs are seen on Marisa Vesco’s bed as she works on creating a family album with her granddaughter, the photographer Gaia Squarci in Cossato, Italy, July 1, 2015.
In the following captions, Squarci describes in her own words the bond with her grandmother and the emotional journey of documenting her last months.