In a green valley, amongst coniferous forests and alpine pastures, the village of Schignano embeds itself in the mountains that face Lake Como. One of the most ancient traditions of Schignano is surely the Carnival. The parade, full of allegories and symbols, depicts the farewell of the men, who have to leave village one again towards their migrant destiny. The Carnival sinks its roots in the past, when the men used to leave their homes and families for nine months a year, the end of the Carnival thus enacts the departure of the men and the solitude of the women.
Mattia Vacca is a photojournalist and a documentary photographer. He graduated with a BA in Science of Communication and a MS in Cinema and Journalism. Since 2006 he covers daily news events in northern Italy for Corriere della Sera. His work has been pubblished on major Italian daily newspapers and internationals magazines. His work has been honored with numerous awards, including Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society, Unesco Humanity Photo Awards, Renaissance Prize, New York Photo Awards, International Photography Lucie Awards, Foto 8 Summershow, Phodar Biennial, Hasselblad Masters.