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The historical Carnival of Ivrea has its roots in the Middle Ages; it celebrates people’s liberation from tyranny, turning this ultimate playful event into an actual act of remembrance, which culminates with the famous Battle of the Oranges.
From the very beginning, I got interested in the Tuchini del Borghetto team: along with eight more teams on foot and nearly fifty wagons, it represents an 8,000 aranceri* army who takes part in the battle.
The Aranceri are depicted in their natural environment: between the passage of a wagon and another or at the end of the fights; I used the tarps set to protect the buildings and the orange peel carpets as my backdrop and ground.
This photo array aims to reestablish an original imagination set to illustrate — by describing individual people — a community, somehow; a city and a part of its history.
*Aranceri: from arancia, orange.
Claudio Cerasoli was born in L’Aquila in 1986. After a degree in Economics and Commerce, he starts studying photography by attending a photography master at Isfci school in Rome. The main topics of his research are natural landscapes and his connection with mankind and architecture. Besides, he tests different working methods with other photographers, for he believes in confrontation and collaboration. His latest research focuses on the concept of community. He also appreciates the world of music videos and contributes to Hey Doc, a collective from L’Aquila. He currently lives and works between L’Aquila and Turin. www.claudiocerasoli.com