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Anthropocene

Model: Giulia Ramires

Anthropocene comes from ancient Greek and means “human era”, referring to the geological era that will be denoted primarily by remains from our civilization. The project is a dream-like attempt to look at that age through the eyes of human-like visitors. The environments, which I created from photos I shot between underground spaces, medieval alleys and courtyards, parks and forests between Rome, Milan, Venice, Palermo, and Amsterdam, are crafted to tell the story of the last few centuries of the human race. In this “dream”, after the collapse of the current civilization due to some disruptive event that created extreme external conditions, humans managed to live in underground spaces and to create a new society, that “evolved” until a sort of new medieval time. They didn’t survive it, though, and missed the chance to meet the visitors that shortly after arrived. This new civilization is very much human-like, composed uniquely by women, all sharing similar, androgenic characters, completely free of malice. They all are at ease with their nudity, but hide their faces behind a helmet, maybe because the air is still unbreathable. They appear to be on Earth on some sort of mission, maybe to discover what happened to humans, or maybe to check if, now that humans are finally gone, Earth can be colonized and become the home of a superior civilization.