Sea Bones

Biomedical researchers are studying the exoskeletons of marine beings, shells, sea urchin quills, cuttlefish, to remake the parts of missing human bones. The compatibility of these apparently different elements shows that there is actually a substantial relationship between man and nature. Our skeleton is composed of calcium phosphate. Marble and shells of calcium carbonate, avery similar and transformable substance. The same material is at the base of life of the first organisms existed on earth, the mineral was strewn in a primordial soup that also initiate theorganic sphere. The project merges the micro and the macro of matter through photography, overlapping thevarious layers of reality in a possible new alliance. What is possible now is to assimilate the idea of a common ground between man and nature. The project evolves collecting images with the electronic microscope and other devices in collaboration with Ing. Gabriela Graziani, researcher at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute and Prof. Enrico Sassoni of the University of Bologna. Interchangeable with each other, the photographs exploit the transparent support, revealing this matter compatibility also through the gaze and favoring with the translucent material a multitude of different palpable or imaginary images.

Project presented in Giovane Fotografia Italiana #09 – POSSIBILE


(Lugo, RA,1991)

Caterina Morigi (Ravenna, 1991) lives and works in Bologna. She studied Visual Arts at the IUAV University in Venice and Paris8.
Her research focuses on the variations of matter, concentrating its attention on its less evident aspects, often hidden in its core. To deal with the substance of things, She take on a closer look, which unfolds in the observation of the effect that time has on forms and shapes,
deep down as well as on the surface, assuring that the artwork is dependent on its physical changes and is connected to the surrounding space. She superimpose organic and inorganic to explore the relationship between human kind and nature.
Caterina Morigi has exhibited at the MAMbo Museum (Bologna), Archivio Casa Morra (Naples), Villa Della Regina (Turin), Mucho Mas! (Turin), MAR (Ravenna), BACO (Bergamo), Museo Nazionale della Montagna (Turin), Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa
(Venice), Video Sound Art festival (Milan).

Caterina Morigi, portrait by Nicola Baldazzi