In the center of Sardinia, in different villages of the territory of Barbagia, live well anchored strange and archaic traditions. Practised by the inhabitants, ancient cults represent an intense and brutal relationship that the man maintains with the wild and carry a mystical, spiritual and sacred value, with a cathartic and liberating purpose.
These costumes belong to a time that does not belong to us, masking is a destiny, the link of a disturbing relationship between the being-animal and the divinity; wearing a mask means to metamorphose under the shape of another entity. The threatening and disturbing that these masks produce does not have the function of frightening the other, but it is to provoke a relationship with the other. The inhabitants, of this region, use the expression “Animas” to define something that has neither time nor body, of disturbing time, wild, is what is specifically non-human and serves to live an experience. ‘ANIMAS’ is the result of a work of research and production that has lasted over eight years and will be published in the 2024.
Andrea Graziosi is an Italian photographer based in Marseille. Born in 1977, he grew up in a village in central Italy, one of the most visited spiritual and pilgrimage places in Italy. Between the mid-90s and 2004 he brought his research and artistic experiences to the underground culture, getting involved in several collective projects dedicated to the diffusion of experimental arts. With his work he accomplishes his research around the correlations that the human being maintains with other forms of life. Evoking and working on ontological notions related to the concepts of animal becoming, parallel dimensions, fracture, strangeness, he aims to realize photographic works, in which the place of the printed object is decisive.In 2015, he published his first book, Nunc Stans, with Éditions André Frère. Currently, he is working on three new publishing projects.
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