Shortlist; Nature is dead by Sofia Lopez Manan
Nature as we know it is a cultural construction. We view it through our ideas and aesthetic fantasies. Nature is dead, and if it is not dead yet we should bury its meaning and put an end once and for all to a romantic and idealised concept that fragments, classifies and separates what is united: the human being. Nature is a complex and endless term. It could be the animal kingdom, the bacteria around us, or the universe. We call it our ‘Mother’, as if it is a divine goddess, an abstract idea with human qualities. Nature is Dead is a cabinet of curiosities, a diverse visual collection of what we define as nature. My visual journey aims to help us rethink our notion of nature and create a new interconnectedness between all things.