Art November 6, 2011 By Chloe Eichler

1 web Mario Marinotitle mm Mario Marino
German-based photographer Mario Marino has now been immersed in his “Faces of Africa” project for over six months, producing powerfully sensitive portraits of South Ethiopians. His latest show, opening at Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin, on November 4th, focuses on the area’s children, who have inherited the tradition of wearing the leaves, chalk, and branches of the landscape as ornaments. Marino’s goal of capturing the extraordinary artistry and individualism of this practice has always existed under the threat of time—as with so many others, the regional custom recedes as tourism and technology increase their presence. But Marino’s newest portraits show a cultural heritage alive and well in the youngest generation.

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