To explore this question, he walked along the Italian coastline, collected objects that had been returned from the sea and gathered and catalogued these 'finds'.
He worked on producing a video narrating the stories of these objects (e.g., toy soldiers, ice cream boxes and snack surprises, etc.), trying to preserve what time can erase, such as the meaning of an inscription, a brand or the product itself.
A second video is inspired by another characteristic of plastic: its ability to "travel". The artist reflects on the rubbish that, carried by the current, sets off and reaches the Pacific Trash Vortex.
Finotto creates a small sailing ship made up of scraps (such as rubber ducks, bottles, doll remains, Lego bricks, etc.), returns it to the sea and, with a film crew and a drone, follows its movements until it drifts over the sea horizon.
The two videos and a selection of objects found along the beaches will be shown in December in an exhibition, Archeologia da spiaggia, curated by Melania Rossi and hosted by the MANN (National Archaeological Museum of Naples).
Both the artefacts chosen by Finotto and those already in the museum (such as the mosaic showing the battle of Alexander and Darius) tell our story. The value of the recycling operation offered by the artist does not end with the narration but reaches its peak in the symbolisation of the waste, which allows us to recognise ourselves in the events described and to compose a sort of "archive of everyday life".