Animaly

Photos by Luigi Avantaggiato. Sophie, 8. Gastrintestinal disorder. Waiting room. “Animaly” is a project about pet care. For about a year, the photographer has visited animal clinics and hospitals in Rome. He took pictures in waiting rooms and operating theatres. He followed office visits and emergency procedures. This work tells a story about animals, but […]

Photos by Luigi Avantaggiato.

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Sophie, 8. Gastrintestinal disorder. Waiting room.

“Animaly” is a project about pet care. For about a year, the photographer has visited animal clinics and hospitals in Rome. He took pictures in waiting rooms and operating theatres. He followed office visits and emergency procedures.
This work tells a story about animals, but it also describes an inversion, or rather an anomaly. The dogs and cats in the photographs are object of an inversion in their dependent relationship with their owners.
Cats and dogs are depicted while receiving the best medical treatments from highly qualified doctors. For once, it’s the humans who are serving the animals, something that makes the cats and dogs appear more “human” than the humans themselves. The dimension of the medical care, therefore, is the privileged condition of this inversion.
“Animaly” is also a project where different iconic typologies and modes of production of photography interact to investigate the role and the value of technological images in the current system of the media.

Luigi Avantaggiato (Zurich 1984) is Rome-based professional photographer. He works with some italian photo agencies and he has exposed his photographs in solo and group exhibitions in Italy. He had written articles about cinema, photography and visual arts.

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Giotto, 3. Foreign body ingestion. Trichotomy and surgical preparation.

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Physical rehabilitation centre.

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Artù, 7. Neurological examination. Waiting room.

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Bimba, 4. Nail polish treatment.

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Emergency room instruments set.

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Operation theatre.

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Samantha, 16. Heart attack. Stroke unit.

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Tety, 11. RM waiting room.

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Surgical mobile table.

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Scialytic lamp.

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Spotty, 9. Cruciate ligament rupture. Extracapsular surgery.

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Billy, 2. Emergency room.

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Dedo, 11. Cruciate ligament injuries. X-ray.

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Gloves. Termic regulation.

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Billy, 3. Spinal injury. Emergency room.

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Spotty, 14. RM procedure.

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Carletto, 7. Cauda equina.

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Mirta, 11. Thrombectomy.

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Gino, 5. Spinal disc herniation.

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Mammolo, 6. Twisted stomach. X-Ray.

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Model bones.

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Bonnie, 2. Corneal dystrophy. Transplantation.

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Vigo, 11. Gastroenteritis. Infectious disease department.

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Miu-Miu, 6. Fibrosarcoma.

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CT.

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Greta, 3. Histological section.

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Spotty, 16. Mitral regurgitation. Ultrasonography.

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Waiting room.

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