Photography has always gravitated to junk, dust and detritus, but Mastrorillo seems to be aiming for something more than a simplistic or romantic exploration of ruin and decay. There are a dozen terrible books to be made in the ruined rooms and landscape of L’Aquila. While Mastrorillo was drawn to the possibility offered by a city abandoned and partially destroyed, he pictures its ruins to a different effect. Purposely repetitive, narrow and myopic, he keeps looking at stuff until it falls apart and begins to come together again in new form. If the earthquake tore apart the familiar order, by staring long and hard, and repeating things, Mastrorillo hopes to restore order.
Aliqual reviewed by Adam Bell