Avarino Caracò

Born in: 1974, Italy

Lives in: Siracusa, Italy

Media: Photography, Digital Photography, Performance, Installation

Describe your work in 3 words: Anthropropositi is an honest - direct and human inner revolution

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Mother Earth

"My love for photography comes from an anthropological background that over the years has led me to observe every aspect of the cultural expressions that I happened to observe. My main inspiration is anthropology and the photographer Sebastiao Salgado."

What themes does your work "Mother Earth" involve?

Mother Earth is a work born from my trip to India. The daily contact with the garbage during my journey in that land literally destroyed me internally and I felt the need to represent this pain of mine to share my discomfort with the world and above all the urgency we all have to change our style of life to avoid extinction. This work of mine, like all my work, was born precisely to allow a possible reflection on a world that needs to reconsider its lifestyle and I chose my mother to represent [this].

Describe your creative process.

Usually, my works are born from an inner need. I don't have a precise rule, every work of mine can be done in series or through isolated projects, but in everything, I do through photography I express my cultural research and try to challenge my limits every day.

What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?

My cultural background is very varied. From the music conservatory to the artistic disciplines, ending with anthropology which is my great love. Photography is the medium that best allows me to express my research path and I am influenced mainly by what is happening around me, as well as many photographers from the Magnum agency and various anthropologists such as Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, Malinowski, and many others.

What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me, art is an inner need, a lifestyle. You cannot do good art without feeling it on your skin. For me, making art means living your time, challenging socially recognized clichés and confronting what is happening around me at this precise moment.
What is the role of the artist today?
I can't define myself as an artist, I continually confront myself with the social and individual contexts that I encounter, I try to scrutinize beauty even where apparently there is not and above all I try to look to the past for awareness but turning to the future through all my actions. The role of art in contemporary society is fundamental, art touches the most delicate parts of life and history teaches us that thanks to it human beings have been able to create forms of civilization.

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