In the limits between what might have been and what has been, between what exists and what has never existed, between what is dreamt about and what has never even been thought about, there is all the poetic imagery of Mauro Maglione and much of his life too.
First of all, Mauro was born on a borderline day, 31st December 1994, just before the year changes and then grew up in a place that could have been another, as before Castrocielo – the village in the province of Frosinone where he developed his imagination – his parents had lived in Buenos Aires, Paris and Caracas. This never changed over the years, and Mauro continued to move around the boundaries of events.
«I started taking photographs as a bet, while I was in a college in Ireland: I didn’t even have a camera, so I bought one there. After the first photos, I became so keen that I just couldn’t stop. That is why I went to IED», Mauro told me, with a trace in his voice of a strong sense of affections, for friends, parents, his uncle the chef and printer, the grandmother who poses as a model for him and his mother who is a cook, printer, painter, model and his support in everything. There is also Castrocielo, that is always projected behind him while he talks to you.
In fact, his thesis at IED, the longest and most important project that he has undertaken, was completely set in his village, like all the other photos, from portraits to arranged photos, and advertising images. Matalena tells the legends and folklore traditions of Castrocielo, recreated after a lot of research and production: interviews, preparatory drawings, set creation, the making of clothes and hats, all done by Mauro himself.
For him, taking photographs brings to life what might have been, what was imagined and what was never even imagined. Placing oneself on the borderline, yes, but in order to go beyond it.
The story has been written by Elisa Casseri, writer.