When you hear hoofbeats think of horses, not zebras - PhMuseum

When you hear hoofbeats think of horses, not zebras

Claudia Amatruda

2019 - Ongoing

This project comes from a new awareness, from a change of perspective.

Claudia Amatruda leaves the documentary approach of "Naiade"

(2018 documentary work of the discovery of her degenerative disease,

in which photography is a therapeutic and acceptance medium)

and embraces photography in its entirety by placing her body at the center.

Body as a narrative place.

In this series of self-portrait, the themes are that of life,

the unattainable, restlessness,

the constant search for femininity, matureness and grace in disability,

the adaptation to this irreversible, rare and invisible situation.

Body as testimony.

Body as a tool.

Body as a limit.

Body as a possibility.

The title of the project refers to a principle coined by physician and professor Theodore Woodward, professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who instructed his medical interns: "When you hear hoofbeats behind you, don't expect to see a zebra" .

Zebra is the American medical slang for arriving at a surprising rare medical diagnosis when a more commonplace explanation is more likely. Since horses are common in Maryland while zebras are relatively rare, logically one could confidently guess that an animal making hoofbeats is probably a horse.

This principle has been repeated to me over and over again by my doctors, but I am considered by them to be the "zebra".

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