Silver 2019 / Science / Medicine (Non-Pro)

Wonder Room: Homo Artificialis

  • Photographer
    Cara Louwman
  • Agency / Studio
    Cara Louwman Photography
  • Prizes
    Silver in Science/Medicine

For thousands of years, our technologies have been aimed outward, to control our environment. Now, we have started a process of aiming our technologies inward. Technology is nesting itself within us. In us: think of brain implants. With this photo series, I want to show the technology that embeds itself in us. They way in which the new technologies are shown is based on an anatomy cabinet, what I call a wonder room. The anatomical cabinet of Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731) is a great source of inspiration for me. The preparations of Ruysch are located at the interface of art and science.

Cara Louwman (The Netherlands, 1967) is a contemporary fine art photographer specialized in creating images that tells a story. Inspired by her personal memories and influenced by different cultures, she uses photography as a mean to stage an idea and to present new perspectives on contemporary subjects. Her photographs are characterized by the use of multiple layers. Sometimes literally, like her staged still lifes in her studio. She creates images that are often different from a direct representation of reality.