Regionally born to Italian migrant parents and inspired by their journey to Australia in the early 1900s, Liz Zito has spent the past 15 years conducting family history and genealogical research. She began documenting her personal journey through the research in 2011 with a plan to produce a document she could share with her family, however her busy professional lifestyle limited this somewhat. A visit to La Porte Peinte in Noyers, France in 2013 inspired Zito to explore the opportunity to settle for a week at the residency to continue to record her research. She spent the week in residence in July 2015 translating from Italian to English her grandparents’ death certificates which she obtained during a recent trip to her parents’ villages in Calabria. She also spent time planning and pondering as she continued to write, building on the stories of family and detailing facts from the certification. La Porte Peinte was also the perfect space for Zito to spend time reflecting on the experience of walking in her parents footsteps.
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