“Allure of the Seas” is the largest cruise ship in the world. Launched in 2010, it is a floating city with 2706 cabins for over 6300 passengers and 2100 crew members. Impressive numbers. On its decks, bright colors and a hectic atmosphere break out between wave pools and enormous cinema screens. Maria Vittoria Trovato’s photographs are full of the shining colors of this fictional universe, where the lives of couples in honeymoon and couples in crisis collide. Days pass by, in a place where you’re bound to have a good time, among beach boys performances and girls wearing shorts and striped caps, where a huge crowd gathers under the boiling sun of Caribbean summer and spends nights at bars, that you can find at every floor, where strangers forget their sadness drinking a glass of coke or a cocktail. And what about the sea? It is far, you can only see its traces in the blue color of the dance floor. Sea is not what you are paying for, it is only a dream that never comes true. After all, when choosing a cruise ship, you are not dreaming of nature, but you are looking for a golden jail, sparkling enough to forget everything, especially yourself. The Sicilian-Berliner photographer depicts this world where everything is artificial with an elegant documentary style. In this world, chaotic and explosive glamour is only an illusion and happiness is on sale for lonely women and men, for teenagers left alone on a carousel.
Maria Vittoria Trovato is a Sicilian photographer living in Berlin. She has been traveling extensively to get inspired for her documentary reports. After graduating at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, she interned at Magnum Photos di New York. Trovato works as a freelance for a number of magazines and since 2009 she has been working on a project named “Grande Atlantico. Cargo Ship Stories”, about a journey on a cargo from Buenos Aires to Hamburg. Since then, her favorite subjects are streets, sea, travelers and workers, that she observes and experiences through her lens. She is a member of FrameOff, a group researching on cinema and photography where individual and collective projects cooperate to explore different and unknown contexts. Trovato’s work has been published on D La Repubblica delle Donne, Riders, Gioia, Il Mattino, Le Monde, Monocle.