From 16 June to 31 August 2018, the Hilaneh von Kories Gallery in Berlin presents the series La Bravade du Sud by Mario Marino. For his most recent project, the Austrian photographer travelled to the South of France to capture a traditional celebration in the most famous town on the Côte d'Azur: the legendary Bravades of Saint-Tropez.
For the duration of the three-day Bravades, proud locals dress up in Napoleonic uniforms representing commanders, majors, musketeers, sailors and bravadeurs, in order to reenact traditional rites such as artillery gun salutes, weapon-blessing ceremonies, marching band performances and processions through Saint-Tropez. The popular festival presents a rare chance for the town’s inhabitants to be the centre of attention, since only those who are Tropezian residents by birth can actively participate.
The annual event, which has taken place no less than 459 times to date, inevitably draws a huge audience; this year, Mario Marino joined the crowds to witness one of the most long-standing traditions in the Provence, taking his camera into the heart of the festivities: his series of predominantly close-focus black and white images captures the celebrations with a great sense of curiosity and excitement. The unique combination of historical costumes, summer-time scenery and dynamic energy on the streets culminates in a vibrant reportage that not only enthrals the viewer, but also honours the local participants.
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