Barbagia is a large mountainous area in the central-eastern part of the Italian island Sardinia with beautiful nature and little isolated villages where people still lives respecting traditions working most of sheep-farming and breeding.
In the village of Sedilo every year a hundred of the most daring and brave horse riders participate in a wild and unrestrained race; S'ardia.
They don't run for money or glory but to show their devotion to a warrior saint, Saint Constantine. Actually he is not a saint according to the Vatican Church that never approved him, but he is to Sedilo’s people, who celebrate his deeds.
The dust filled air, the smell of gunpowder and the crowd' s frenzy bring Sedilo and its inhabitants back to a time long gone.
Mattia Vacca is an italian photojournalist. He was born in Como in 1978, he works and lives in Como and Milan. In 2003 he graduated with a BA in Science of Communication and a MS in Cinema and Journalism. He was selected for two editions of the Masterclass FSS Film Studies and Documentary Filmmaking in Locarno. Since 2006 he covers daily news events in Lombardia 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, Unesco Humanity Photo Awards, International Photography Lucie Awards, Foto 8 Summershow, NPCI Nikon Photo Contest International, Hasselblad Masters.
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