Photo by Antonio Barrella

Lucia Cattaneo is a girl from Rome. She studied chemistry but is a photographer. And she travels to capture images.

Her story seems to be that of an explorer from the early Twentieth Century. She has the same exoticism, but all you need to do is look at her pictures to completely delete that category.

On the telephone, Lucia has a sweet, child-like voice but her eyes are greedy, continuously looking for a dead or live body, male or female, still or moving, animal or human.

The body, the focus of her gaze, is the testimony to mental trouble in her photographs: it can be seen in her first exhibition at Laurentino 38, a messenger of death and nourishment at the same time, like in the images that Lucia photographed in a Mexican slaughterhouse.

And lastly, in relation to the spiritual dimension that is expressed in flesh and in nature, as can be seen in her latest work, “Voodoo”.

Lucia leaves for Benin in January for the voodoo festival.

She is fascinated by this religion that westerners all too often imagine to be witchcraft. She wants to understand it better, see it for herself, and be a witness.

Voodoo reveals itself as a positive religion where people give thanks or ask for gifts.

Never neglecting the magic, to the point that the spiritual guides are considered to be true magicians, voodoo will not contemplate dark aspects.

The rituals and the direct relationship with the spirit are the part that most fascinated Lucia. Her eye, not at all anthropological, is complicit, reserved, but can’t help being affected by what she sees.

In this sense, Lucia Cattaneo is a photographer without a lens, who risks with her naked eye and is contaminated by what she sees, leaving spectators with the images of her contamination between one world and the other.

The story has been written by Nicola Ingenito, writer.