Carmine Mauro Daprile
Authors Andrea Lissoni, Matteo Stefanelli, Roberta Valtorta
Series Libri Aparte
Series code LA11
Size 21x28 cm
Images 29 color
Language Italian / English
Cosplay – the term combines the words costume and play – originated in Japan and rapidly spread around the world, generating the characters of manga and anime, as well as films and role-playing.
The photographic work entitled Mattettunin commenced in 2004 as a result of the artist’s fascination with the imagery of advertising, videogames and cartoons as a virtual territory of survival training in real social settings and of standardization with respect to dominant values. When Carmine Mauro Daprile (www.carminemauro.it) first portrayed cosplayers he captured their extraneousness and otherness, but he subsequently changing his approach as the work progressed, manifesting a desire to play with the visions of these characters in order to construct another reality – a credible one – that is crystallized in each shot. The choice of locations is the sign of a cinematographic eye that concentrates on the suburban landscape and outlying areas, bringing these fantasies into everyday real-life settings. The outcome is a narrative through images unfolding in the pages of the book to become a metaphor for personal and collective dramas.