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  • Writer's pictureMarina Spironetti

Second place at the Tokyo International Foto Awards

Behind the mask: Sardinia's most ancient Carnival traditions

Very good news - my picture story about Sardinian carnival traditions won second prize in the first edition of the Tokyo International Foto Awards.

The winning images - which can be seen here - are part of an ongoing project about traditions in the island of Sardinia, Italy, with special attention to the inland sub-region of the Barbagia. The images were taken in February 2016 and document the carnival traditions of four villages of that area; the "Boes et Merdules" in Ottana, the "Mamuthones" in the town of Mamoiada, the "Battileddu" from Lula and the "Thurpos" in Orotelli. The traditions date back to pre-Christian times and are often related to rites of propitiation to the ancient gods of agriculture and fertility.

If you happen to be in Japan in the new year, the 2016 TIFA winners exhibition will take place at the Owada Gallery (23-21 Sakura-gaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku) in Tokyo. The private view will be on Feb 25 from 7pm to 9pm.

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