My name is Mariana Maggio and I always liked photos, movies, magazines, videos, music and travels. I studied Communication Sciences and the career of professional photographer, I left the first one and graduated from the latter in 1997. Until 2000 I worked exclusively in black and white, as a photographer and in photography laboratories, and then started to use color with negatives and slides (which I still use) and my latest productions are digital. I also worked in advertising photography together with Mariana Pardal and I am teacher at the school of creative photography and in Fotodesign School.
I take many of the photos in my travels, but they do not generally count anything about the place, but they are subjects I want to speak about, and photography solves this problem. I like unknown people that complete the street scenes.
Since 1998 I made individual and group exhibitions in galleries, cultural centers and museums: 2007/2006: Crimson Gallery (individual), Dara Art Space (individual), “The night of the museums” (projection). 2005: Expotrastiendas. 2004: Recoleta Cultural Center (group). 2003: Eclectic Space (projection) Museum of Natural Science (Jurassic Fugue). 2002: Torre Monumental (individual), Multiespacio Balcarce, the Spring Salon, Million. 2001: Recoleta Cultural Center. 1998: A. Elia & M. Robirosa Foundation.
Vision of art
1. Choose a work that represents you, describe it in relation to its format and materiality, its relation with time and space, its style and theme; detail its production process.
“The vertical” [“La vertical”]: because it has the complete circuit, I saw it before making it, I prepared it, I assembled it, took the photos and it has ended quite happily compared with what I had imagined and because of the elements together: shape, space, light, people.
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
I’ve been setting a relationship between space and people since my first pictures and then I started finding concepts. These concepts made the sight of the initial relationship of figure and background more interesting. These are ways to see the space through a character. In the space I am interested in questioning myself about the natural and in the people, the anonymity.
3. In reference to your work and your position in the national and international art fields, what tradition do you recognize yourself in? Who are your contemporary referents? What artists of previous generations are of interest to you?
I like playing with the idea of representation, in the broadest sense, as appearance, similarity, recreation, artificiality, the one we can find in nature and formed the concept of formation of nature that happens in the artificial. Fashion as staging, the aesthetics of advertising. Some photographers that interest me: Erwin Olaff, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Cindy Sherman, Andreas Gursky.