Are They Rocks or Clouds?

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Upcoming photobook published by OTM and FW: books 07.19
Upcoming Solo Show Cortona On The Move 07.19

2018 Emerging Talents, Mattatio, Roma
2018 Cortona On The Move Book Dummy Award
2018 Premio Giovane Fotografia Italiana, FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA – Reggio Emilia
2017 Unseen Dummy Award 2017 e La Fàbrica – Photo London Book Dummy Award, Shortlisted

Due to the fact that natural catastrophic events have a return period we might hypothesize that a catastrophe is supposed to happen where another event already occurred.

Nature failure is inevitable,
we can only face it.

“Are they rocks or clouds?” is a territorial investigation in the Dolomites that aims, through the interaction between observation, memory and science, to the construction of a knowledge of hydrogeological risk. The concepts put into play are those of contamination, overlayering and the spatial map.
Moving away from a natural fascination for the mountains, the project clearly observes the territory, looking for the possibility of measuring the risk for the inhabitants of the places where a catastrophe is supposed to happen.
Over time – according to Amitav Ghosh in “The Great Blindness” – nature has been handed over to science, remaining precluded to culture. We are not finished in this condition for a mistake: the abyss that today dividing nature from culture is the result of one of the original impulses of modernity. A division that has led to the detachment of art from scientific and climate issues and from political and economic debate.
With the project “Are they rocks or clouds?” Caneve experiments with the use of photography as an autonomous observation tool within an interdisciplinary research process, questioning its own position in relation to other instruments. The project is born in view of a catastrophic event, which according to geological studies, will happen in 50 years: natural disasters have cyclic return times. In particular, according to some geological studies, the 1966 hydro-geological catastrophe will have a return time of 100 years, 50 from today. The estimated damages will be 2 or 3 times higher.
The archival material come from private archives and represents how inhabitants perceived the catastrophes in the past. The project is carried out in collaboration with the geologist Emiliano Oddone and the anthropologist Annibale Salsa.