On the ground among the animals

The project is supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture under the Italian Council program (12th edition, 2023), which aims to promote Italian contemporary art worldwide.
The project is supported by FMAV - Fondazione Modena Arti Visive in collaboration with UGM Umetnostna galerija Maribor.
Project partners include CAP - Centre d’Art Contemporaine, Saint-Fons (France), Fotodok, Utrecht (The Netherlands), FOMU - Fotomuseum Antwerp (Belgium), FRB - Foundation for Biodiversity Research, Paris (France), Fw:Books, La Triennale, Milano and Ghella.

On the ground among the animals is a research project that takes the Natura 2000 network as a reference for researching the place that human beings occupy within nature. This network is a series of ecological corridors promoted by the European Union, created to preserve fauna, flora and biodiversity. It is a transnational communication system that goes beyond the border policies of each state, and puts ecological logic first. Bridges are some of the most important infrastructures in the network, since they make it easier for animals to overcome architectural barriers such as motorways and roads. At the same time, multiple fences and security cameras monitor and follow their movements, casting doubt on their apparent freedom of movement. The series includes landscape views of natural spaces and photographs of viaducts and other constructions, as well as snapshots of animals captured by surveillance cameras installed by researchers.
This work explores the tensions that emerge from the power that human beings try to exert over nature. To do so, the author analyses the contradictory relationships between infrastructure construction, policies and freedom of movement, and nature conservation.

Italian Council, Ministry of Culture (2023, it)
C/O Berlin Talent Award, shortlisted (2021, de)
Gabriele Basilico - Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography, shortlisted (2019, it)
Docking Station, Artist residency, Amsterdam (2018, nl)

Selected writings
Marina Caneve, Ponti, migrazioni, una sola terra | Bridges, Migrations, One Land, in Esili e esodi | Exiles and Exoduses, «Vesper» No. 4, 2021

Previous Exhibitions
Eyes on tomorrow, Giovane Fotografia Italiana nel Mondo, Algeri (2022, dz)
’Nature Future’, curated by Collectif Fetart, Prague, Berlin, Stuttgart (2022, cz, de)
GETXOPHOTO ‘To Share’ curated by Jon Uriarte (2021, es)
La Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Venezia, Up Marghera On Stage (2016, it)