Carrara White

Carrara White,  video from 3d animation, 3’09”, 2021


Carrara White employs 3D animation to explore the mining operations prevalent in the Carrara white marble quarries of Italy. Famous for supplying marble to renowned artists such as Michelangelo and his contemporaries, the Apuan Alps now confront extensive extraction practices. With around four million tons of marble extracted annually in the Carrara region, more than 80% is crushed into powder to produce calcium carbonate for various industrial uses, endangering the entire ecosystem. The video contrasts scenes of mountain pulverization with images of marine organisms crucial to marble formation, whose shells are susceptible to dissolution from ocean acidification. This video served as a supportive tool for the Athamanta environmental activist group based in Carrara.


Carrara White, installation view at Villa Galileo, Florence, 2023, for the exhibition “An entangled time machine”, curated by Valeria D’Ambrosio