A visual journal was for Maria Silvano the best way to give shape to her feelings during her stay in Morocco back in 2015. Combining photography and cultural anthropology, Maria’s series ‘The boiling life’ is not only a reflection on the photographer’s position as the “ultimate observer”, but also a study of signs of otherness she found in this new environment.
“I experienced wind and light. I experienced simplicity. I experienced relationships and realized that the world is nothing but the product of the relations between others and me. Everything matters; everything has a reason, a web of connections.
In November 2015 I went to Morocco with the awareness I was the starting point to build a travel journal. The physical structures–the external world–have been molded by emotional structures: the gashes of what is outside me are soaked in my emotional position.
I paid attention to shades and small events, trying to get to the essence of things. I bumped into the ostentation of density, into the boiling life that runs inside me.” – Maria Silvano
Maria Silvano (Venice 1986) started working with photography during a fieldwork in Spain while finishing her studies in Cultural Anthropology. For her final thesis, she documented the struggle of a local Gipsy community to defend their culture and identity. As a photographer, Maria has collaborated with International Art Festival Stazione di Topolò – Postaja Topolove and with the University Cultural Center of Klagenfurt (UNIKUM). Her work has also been exhibited in solo and group shows in London (The Royal Anthropological Institute of London), Berlin (DADA Post; Raum Für Drastische Maßnahme; le Artichioche, Shaping Clouds popup space), Venice (Fondamenta 2.0; VeniceInabottle Gallery), Florence (Pitti Bimbo 2013), Turin (Gallery Innerspace17 with Franco Fontana) and Reggio Emilia (Questa non è la via Emilia// Fotografia Europea in via Roma, 2016). Maria lives and works in Berlin, where she researching the topics of urban and visual anthropology. You can see more of her work here.
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