BY CHIARA CARLUCCI at Borgo Antico ||
I was born in Fiesole, a small town just a few kilometers outside of Florence. I’ve always been curious about life outside of Italy, from cultures to languages to lifestyles.
After working in restaurants in London for some months, I returned to Florence to save money with hopes to work abroad again and to pursue my creative aspirations. I had mixed feelings about returning to the service industry, but my time at Borgo Antico quickly reminded me why working ina restaurant can be so fulfilling. One of my favorite parts about the job is the relationships I built with my colleagues. We all shared a common work ethic but knew how to have fun on the job. The most rewarding aspects of being a server are that I met people from all over the world and got the opportunity to leave them with an unforgettable memory in my beloved city to take home and cherish forever.
When I wasn’t at the restaurant I was taking online courses in graphic design. I became so fascinated with how words and concepts can be translated into visual contents. With the new knowledge I had obtained, I started exploring marketing techniques, psychology, and consumer behaviors, and developed a project inspired by pre-historic cave paintings.
My goal was to contextualize prehistoric humans in modern time, questioning our evolution and how much we have changed through time through collage and watercolor. It is a reflection of how different we are from ancient times. We all carry things with us now; suitcases, phones, cups of coffee, and always questions.
The main question is: WHO ARE WE?
Do we identify more with our material possessions or rather with the questions we carry? Human beings have always had questions, since ancient times, since existence. Today, in a world ruled by consumerism and the things we own, identification can be easily misleading, perhaps more so than ever. It’s a project I’m still developing.
My years of experience in service also allowed me to dive into my other passions, one of them being language learning. I grew up with an English nanny and took English through school, but working at the restaurant offered me opportunities to speak with people in natural, unstaged, organic ways. I would attribute this to helping me obtain my current job in Vienna, where I now work in online marketing for Lomography, a photography company.