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Massao Mascaro is a french photographer (Lille 1990) who lives and works in Brussels.

Massao’s work is always looking for a delicate balance between autobiography, topography and politics.

His work often revolves around territory. In Ramo it was his ancestor’s Calabria, in Jardin the mythical space of the garden, found in the streets and parks of Madrid. In his new project, Massao is working on around the Mediterranean coasts, cradle of many civilisations, using the journey of Ulysses as a loose guideline. The scope of his work is profoundly political, as it is rooted in the need to explore how humans relate to the spaces (both cultural and geographical) they inhabit.

The work Jardin was awarded the BOZAR Nikon Monography Series Award 2016. In 2017, he was nominated and be part of the .TIFF by FOMU Antwerp.

In July 2019 his first book Jardin has been published by Witty Kiwi and L'éditeur du dimanche.

Massao'work is part of the prestigious collection of the Foundation A Stichting. He is currently a fellow of the Fondation A Stichting for a project around the Mediterranean which will be exhibited there in September 2020.

From September 2019 Massao started as teacher in the Brussels Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Selected solo exhibitions

Selected group exhibitions

Collective works

Grants, awards, artistic residencies and talks

  • 2018

    Artistic grant from Fondation A Stichting, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2018

    Portfolio reviewer at the School of Arts of University College Ghent, Gent, Belgium

  • 2018

    Talk, .tiff, Museum of Photography FOMU, Antwerp, Belgium

  • 2017

    Artistic residency with La Grotte collective at Museum of Photography FOMU, Antwerp, Belgium

  • 2017

    Talk, Extra Fort, Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2016

    Talk, lecture at BlankPaper Escuela, Madrid, Spain

  • 2016

    Talk, lecture at ESA le 75, Brussels, Beglium

  • 2016

    Winner of the Bozar Nikon Monography Series Award, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2015

    Isola Comacina Artistic residency from Wallonie Bruxelles Internationale, Côme, Italy

Books

  • 2019

    Jardin, book published by Witty Kiwi (IT) and L’éditeur du dimanche (FR)

Publications and reviews

  • 2018

    JPB édition #3

  • 2018

    45 degrés, poster published by Mulhouse Art Contemporain

  • 2017

    TIFF #5 published by the FOMU

  • 2017

    « Meetings remarkable people N°7 by Federico Clavarino », online review, Der Greif

  • 2016

    Abitare il deserto, Osservatorio Fotografico, Ravenna, Italy

  • 2016

    « Chercheur d’or » exhibition review in Focus Le Vif by Michel Verlinden

  • 2016

    Portrait in Bruzz by Michel Verlinden

  • 2017

    Exhibition review in La Libre Belgique by Jean-Guy Duplat

  • 2016

    « Bucolic photos of the small italian town where Massao Mascaro found his famoly’s roots », online interview on Fotoroom platform

  • 2016

    « Lumière par les racines » in l’Art même #67 by Emmanuel D’autreppe

  • 2015

    « Mémoire et racines » in La Libre Belgique by Jean-Marc Baudson

  • 2015

    Radio interview Le Grand Charivari on Musiq3 by Pascal Goffeaux

Education

  • 2016

    BlankPaper School, MFA in photography, Madrid, Spain

  • 2013

    ESA LE 75, BA in Photography, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2010

    Photography Higher Technical Certificate, Roubaix, France