For the residency organised by OMNE - Osservatorio Mobile Nord Est, dedicated to the theme 'Nature', I tried to work on the relationship between 'nature' and 'artifice', two terms naturally in opposition.
There are places where both seem to coexist, where what is natural can only exist thanks to an artificial dimension. The Botanical Garden and its biology laboratories immediately seemed to me a perfect place to experience this hybrid dimension, where I could observe how nature and artifice intertwine from both a material and conceptual point of view.
Following these premises, I photographed these spaces in order to try to investigate an artificially natural dimension, such as that of controlled, exposed, studied and analysed vegetation. What is natural seems to have many nuances, many different levels of naturalness, depending on how much it is contaminated by various artifices. Can something that is made artificially spontaneous be called natural?
Photography itself, which is etymologically made up of a dimension as natural as light (φῶς) and as artificial as writing (γραφή), is perhaps an excellent tool to visually address such an ambivalent concept, which can describe a spiritual dimension as much as a scientific property.