A collection of curiosities and rarities not exhibited.
WUNDERKAMMER, literally "wonder chamber", better known as "cabinet of curiosities". This is where, since the 16th century, collectors and scientist used to display rarities and unusual artifacts, in order to amuse visitors and fellow workers.
I got the chance to visit one. It contained an overwhelming amount of archaeological gems. However, what impressed me was the vast amount of items which were not (yet) neatly arranged. These rarities — as astonishing as the ones in the display — were lying all around, accidentally combined with ordinary objects. It looked like an unprepared exhibition, yet a visually eloquent one. And as such, it deserved to be revealed.
Failed Dioramas is a photographic series which explores the idle interiors of a private space, where animal rarities and other atypical treasures have been stacked over time. It narrates and exposes an unusual atmosphere, which arises out of odd set-ups and bizzarre clusters of (apparently) misplaced collectors’ items.