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Born in 1990 in Lille (French Flanders), Massao Mascaro currently lives in Brussels. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor in photography at the Brussel’s school Le Septante-cinq and with a Master Course in Photography at BlankPaper Escuela in Madrid. Since 2019, Massao is teaching in the photography department of Brussels Fine Arts Academy ESA-ARBA.

Massao’s work is always a delicate balance between autobiography, topography and politics, and as such it is a good starting point for a novel form of poetry. Ramo was his first foray into his peculiar mix of documentary and poetry, Jardin the conscious application of a mature visual form of expression and in Sub Sole, using the journey of Ulysses as a loose guideline, Massao composed a lyrical, literary journey through cities along the Mediterranean Sea.

His point of view is always intimate, his use of a soft focus, a tight cropping and a narrow depth of field evokes touch. If his narrative style were to be translated to a literary form, it would be something like a stream of consciousness. His work often revolves around territory where he likes to wander. 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 Sub Sole it is the coast of the Mediterranean, cradle of many civilisations. 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.

Massao’s photography is always somehow understated but at the same time capable of powerful metaphors. He prefers to photograph a plastic bag hanging from a barbed wire fence, shaken around by the wind, or a discarded door amidst trash cans, than photographing the six-metre fences surrounding Ceuta.

In 2016 the work Jardin was awarded the BOZAR Monography Series Award. In 2017, he was nominated and be part of the .Tiff by FOMU Antwerp. In 2021, Massao was part of the Louis Roederer Discovery Award during Les rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles. In September 2021, he presented the solo exhibition Sub Sole at the Foundation A Stichting in Brussels with the book Sub Sole published by Chose Commune.

BOOKS

  • 2021

    Sub Sole – published by Chose Commune

  • 2019

    Jardin published by Witty Kiwi and L’éditeur du dimanche

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

SELECTED AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

  • 2023

    Longlisted – Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2023, London, UK

  • 2022

    Residency – H – The Notion of Humanist Photography, Kaunas Photography Gallery, Kaunas, LT

  • 2022

    Nominee – C/O Berlin Talent Award, Berlin, DE

  • 2021

    Finalist – Louis Roederer Discovery Award, Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles, FR

  • 2021

    Granted –  Publishing subsidy by Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, BE

  • 2018

    Selected – .Tiff, Fotomuseum FOMU, Antwerp, BE

  • 2017

    Granted – Fondation A Stichtin, Brussels, BE

  • 2017

    Residency – FOMU Antwerpen Foto Museum with La Grotte collective, Antwerp, BE

  • 2016

    Winner – Bozar Monography Series Award, Brussels, BE

  • 2015

    Residency – FWB Isola Comacina, Côme, IT

SELECTED FEATURES AND REVIEWS

  • 2022

    France Culture (radio interview) – Par les temps qui courent by Marie Richeux

  • 2021

    Aperture Magazine (interview) – A Photographer’s Odyssey across the Mediterranean by Miguel Groisman

  • 2021

    Camera Austria (book review) – Sub Sole by Steven Humblet

  • 2021

    British Journal of Photography (book review) – A lyrical, literary journey through cities along the Mediterranean Sea by Allie Haeusslein

  • 2021

    Arte TV ( tv interview) – L’odyssée de Massao Mascaro by Richard Bonnet

  • 2021

    De Standaard (portfolio and review) – Odyssee portfolio and text by Stefan Vanthuyne

  • 2021

    1000 Words – Top 10 (+1) Photobooks of 2021 by Alex Merola and Tim Clark

  • 2021

    BRUZZ TV (tv interview) – , Sub Sole: een mythische reis langs de Middellandse Zee

  • 2021

    La Libre Belgique (exhibition review) – À Arles, Sous le soleil exactement by Jean-Marc Bodson

  • 2021

    Konbini (video interview) – Massao Mascaro a photographié les migrants de la Méditerranée by Lise Lanot

  • 2021

    RTBF La Première (radio interview) – L’Incontournable «Sub Sole» du photographe Massao Mascaro, interview by Françoise Baré

  • 2021

    Mu in the city (exhibition review) – L’éternel été de Massao Mascaro by Oriane Thomasson

  • 2021

    Karoo (book and exhibition review) – Sub Sole « Rien ne change sous le soleil de Zeus » by Natalie Malisse

  • 2021

    RTBF Musiq3 (radio interview) – Sub Sole, la tragédie grecque de Massao Mascaro, Radio interview by Pascal Goffaux

  • 2021

    L’art Même (review) – Sub Sole by Clémentine Davin

  • 2020

    Punto de Fuga – interview by Laura Carbonell

  • 2020

    American Suburb X (book review) – Massao Mascaro: Jardin, a Rumination of Plots by Brad Feuerhelm

  • 2020

    Collector Daily (book review) – Massao Mascaro, Jardin by Loring Knoblauch

  • 2018

    JPB édition #3 (print edition) – by Jean-Pierre Bauduin

  • 2017

    Der Greif (review) – Meetings remarkable people N°7 by Federico Clavarino

  • 2016

    Osservatorio Fotografico (collective book) – Abitare il deserto

  • 2016

    Focus Le Vif (exhibition review) – Chercheur d’or by Michel Verlinden

  • 2016

    Bruzz (interview) – Portrait in by Michel Verlinden

  • 2017

    La Libre Belgique (exhibition review) –  Jardin by Jean-Guy Duplat

  • 2016

    Fotoroom (interview) – Bucolic photos of the small italian town where Massao Mascaro found his famoly’s roots by Fotoroom

  • 2016

    L’Art même (interview) – Lumière par les racines by Emmanuel D’autreppe

  • 2015

    La Libre Belgique (review) – Mémoire et racines by Jean-Marc Bodson

  • 2015

    RTBF Musiq3 (radio interview) – Le Grand Charivari by Pascal Goffeaux

STUDIES

  • 2016

    BlankPaper School – MFA in photography, Madrid, SP

  • 2013

    ESA LE 75 – BA in Photography, Brussels, BE

  • 2010

    Lycée Jean Rostand – Photography Higher Technical Certificate, Roubaix, FR

TEACHING AND LECTURES

  • 2022

    Walking – Worskhop with MFA students, EESI, Poitier, FR

  • 2021

    Lecture – Luca School of Arts, Brussels, BE

  • 2017

    Portfolio review –  Kask School of Arts, Gent, BE

  • 2017

    Talk – Extra Fort at Recyclart Brussels, BE

  • 2016

    Lecture – ESA Le Septant-cinq, Brussels, BE

COLLECTIVE WORKS

COLLECTIONS

  • Art Collection of the Flemish Community (BE)

  • FOMU – Foto Museum Antwerp (BE)

  • Collection Astrid Ullens de Schooten (BE)

  • Collection Frédéric de Goldschmidt (FR)

  • Collection Olivier Gevaert et Nicole Thieme (BE)