My work explores our relationship to the landscape and proposes a new model that completely assumes its artificiality. Zoos and natural history museums all over the world sacralize nature, choosing artificial landscapes over storytelling. I explored these artificial environments in countries around the world. These simulacra, instead of preserving the idea of nature, end up shaking it by redefining our relationship to the landscape that surrounds us.
What do we call landscape? This is not a nature fragment we can embrasse directly, but a mental construction linked to our sensible and cultural relationship with the nature. Thanks to perspective all nature objects are linked in a logical and consistent system, so we don’t see isolated things but links between each. Dioramas in museum of natural history and zoos are small landscapes where everything is done to make the illusion accepted by our reason. Paintings and objects are linked together thanks to perspective, textures and lightning. In my photos different layers merge together, these layers are produced by the collaboration of a painter, a craftsman, an artisan and a photographer. Each of them enrich the image with a new level of representation. Each new layer of representation generates a new reality. We’re facing landscapes that seems to take their independence from the initial scenography intention, it is no more reproduction. These simulacra, instead of preserving the idea of nature, succeed to shake it by redefining our relationship to landscape.