After a few films, including Vanishing linesrecently released, an exhibition of pop art presented in November 2021, a second performance tour called impoliteMariana Mazza will publish Montreal North next October, a self-fiction book that will recount snippets of his childhood.
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“I never just did humor, it’s just that I didn’t talk about it, explains Mariana Mazza. I’ve always loved being on stage, but I’ve always done something else. Painting, reading and writing have been part of my life for a long time. We are simply surprised because I bring it to light now. »
It was the pandemic that gave him the necessary downtime to reconnect with his various passions, including writing.
“The world thinks they know me because they see me speaking and giving my opinions, but no one knows who I am except my family and close friends,” adds the 32-year-old artist. You may love what I do, but no one can say what my favorite food is, my favorite smell, or what marked me when I was young. »
This is what will be discussed in his book Montreal North, which will skim over his childhood spent in the neighborhood of the same name. Two other parts are planned to complete this trilogy approaching his life in three stages: childhood, adolescence and adult life.
“These are snippets of my childhood, things that marked me, that shaped me, moments, people, smells, says the one who had long wanted to write a book that she would like to read. People who came in and out of my life too, for X and Y reasons that I name in the book. The relationship with my mother, my brother and those around me. I find it interesting to discover the banal routine, the banality of normality. »
Her biggest challenge was selecting the souvenirs she agreed to entrust. Because to her desire to tell herself was added a little embarrassment to want to keep for her certain moments of her childhood. “I selected what I thought would be interesting for the reader, but above all what I believe is important to tell. »
Writing was an easy exercise for the young woman, who explains that she had a very beautiful childhood “with banal traumas” that made her who she is today.
“Nobody is going to read this book saying to themselves: we are talking about Mariana Mazza, she believes. We will read it thinking that these are snippets of stories in the life of an ordinary person. It’s a life like any other! I think it’s in the simplicity of the narrative that the thing is interesting. »
Does she sometimes feel a mini-feeling of impostor working in several disciplines at the same time (humor, cinema with the recent Vanishing lines and mariain 2021, literature, painting)?
“Not at all,” she says. I don’t owe anyone anything. I don’t have to give an explanation because I want to do something. I think we have to stop justifying ourselves in what we do. If the thing is well done and done with heart and passion, we have nothing to say. »