- PhMuseum 2020 Women Photographers Grant
Nature is Dead
Dates2018 - Ongoing
Nature as we know it is a cultural construction. We see through our ideas and aesthetic fantasies.
Nature is dead, and if it is not dead yet we should bury its meaning and put an end once and for all to a romantic, idealised and modernist thought that fragments, classifies and separates what is united, the human being.
Nature is a complex and endless term. For each person it has a different meaning. Nature could be a plant, a pond, the animal kingdom, the bacterias around us, every planet of our Milkyway and beyond. It's every shaping event but we also view it as what’s right, the order of the universe, chaos, death, our holidays, the contemplation of a landscape, love, kindness. Are we good by nature? We call it our mother like a divine goddess, an abstract idea with human qualities. The mother who gives and takes and where we project our own human desires and frustrations.
The notion we have of nature before modern society, is usually envisioned as pure. We imagine humanity as the interruption of this innocence. We tend to think of nature from our human preconceptions of beauty and this is exactly what I'm trying to shake up with this project.
“Nature is Dead” is a cabinet of curiosities, a diverse visual collection of what we define as Nature. Embalmed animals stacked in a basement, digitally man made landscapes, objects used to measure and classify humans, dead rivers and objects to traffic wildlife. Ode to man’s creation, these images seek to observe how we look at and define the otherness, animal, vegetable and human. Join me on this visual journey in order to rethink our notion of nature and create a new ecology thought of true interconnectedness between all things.