Michelle Korte Leccia

Interdisciplinary Artist & Educator

La Belle-mère

A story about love, sacrifice, distance, and family ties.
This work is based on my own experience as a stranger in Corsica, living among my husband’s family and friends. I learned of the dark and beautiful stories of his family from my mother-in-law. After leaving the island to live together in the US, his mother wrote us lengthy letters in the same way that she received correspondence from her parents when she left France to live in Corsica as a young bride.

It is a record of my experimental process moving from collage into video. The typo at the end of the video (“la départ”, correct: “Le départ”) has been left intentionally to underline the experience of living in non-mother tongue cultures.