Rituals, Spirits and Sea
Milano, Italy
14 NOV 2019 - 20 JAN 2020
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Rituals, Spirits and Sea
Mario Macilau is a photographer from Mozambique, who through his works restores the dignity of socially isolated groups. Immortalize faces and inhabited places by marginalization and suffering, with the aim of restoring their esteem and respect, as inalienable values. He returns several times to places and people before photographing them, to be able to connect with the subjects and themes that interest them. Through this process, when he photographs, he not only creates images, but transmits a state of mind, that which is perceived beyond injustice.

The exhibition is divided into 10 large-format black and white photographs aimed at investigating the inalienability of hope and dignity. The Faith series and a new cycle on water, focus on the animism that still exists in Mozambique. In these photos there is no distinction between the object and the man, each element is not random and acts as a link with other dimensions: this is why his photographs show an alternative social complaint, less provocative but more icastic. A real anthropological study about the social abandonment, and not only, that those communities face. A way to protect one’s own culture, spreading it in a globalized environment that tends to neutralize origins, folklore and diversity. A multi-purpose reflection that concerns everyone, not just socially isolated groups.
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