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Vasile, last of the last

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The artwork

Photographie numérique
12/10/2020
Sacel, Maramureş County, România

In the Maramureş region of northern Romania, most of the Romanians are very superstitious. They used to wear masks at important ceremonies – such as weddings and funerals – to chase away bad spirits and negativity. This tradition comes from a known Romanian legend : a long time ago, people from the village of Calvnic succeeded to scare off invaders by hiding in the forest wearing masks. Vasile Susca, 60 years old, wanted to keep those traditions alive. Even though his first passion was painting, he became famous thanks to the masks he creates with natural materials including sheep’s wool. It takes him about 2 to 3 months to bring everything together, then 2 to 3 days to create each mask.

The artist

After several experiences in editorial offices, at Vanity Fair, Arte or Figaro Magazine, Maïlys Derville set up her own business in 2018 as a freelance journalist. It was also that year that she crossed paths with Corinne Vachon, a French photographer who has been documenting the lives of nomadic and semi-nomadic peoples for over ten years. Together, they went to Kenya, Afghanistan, Romania and Kyrgyzstan, each time with the aim of putting into perspective the history of men and women still living mostly in tradition. But if some of them try hard to perpetuate it, others open up little by little to the rest of the world and to the evolution… Photography appears then as one of the best means to testify and leave a trace. During these immersions, Maïlys develops a real love for the image, alongside her mentor, Corinne. At the crossroads between the artistic and the documentary, her photographic work has only one ambition: to capture the emotion of a scene and the essence of its subjects.

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