©Caroline Corbasson

Tuesday, May 3rd 2022 at 6pm


For his exhibition “ESSE” at the Fondazione Sant’Elia 

in Palermo, Sicily, the artist Rafael Y. Herman conceived a program of conferences discussing the environment and light pollution. 

With : Caroline Corbasson, Artist
& Brigitte Zanda, Meteoriticist, astrophysicist and cosmochemist 
Léa Mariton, PhD candidate in Conservation biology,
Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle


Caroline Corbasson, Swarm II, 2022,
charcoal on paper, 150 x 210 cm

Caroline Corbasson

Through her drawings, sculptures and videos, Caroline Corbasson explores how the observation of space and the development of astronomical tools have led to a rupture between the immediate perception, that of the average individual, and that of scientists, of human’s place in the universe.
After attending the St Martins School in London, Caroline Corbasson graduated from the ENSBA in Paris with honors in 2013.
Her work was presented in France and abroad in many institutions such as the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle (UK), the Song-Won Art center, Seoul (KR), the Panacée MOCO, Montpellier (FR), as well as the FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille (FR).
She benefited from the support of the CNRS and the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique of Marseille for her last two films. 
Winner of the Mondes Nouveaux grant, Caroline Corbasson is currently shooting her next film at the Pic du Midi, the star reserve. 

Brigitte Zanda
Meteoriticist, astrophysicist and cosmochemist
Departement of Origin and Evolution
Natural History Museum, Paris

Brigitte Zanda is a French astrophysicist and cosmochemist, lecturer at the Natural History Museum (MNHN), at the Institute of Mineralogy, Physics of Materials and Cosmochemistry of Paris.
A teacher-researcher, she specializes in primitive meteorites: chondrites.
In 2019-2020, she is vice-president of the Meteoritical Society.
She is also co-director of the FRIPON observation network, and coordinator-responsible for the Vigie-Ciel participatory science project.

Léa Mariton
PhD candidate in Conservation biology 
Department of Man and the Environment
Natural History Museum & Sorbonne University, Paris

“My work aims to assess the impacts of light pollution on biodiversity.
In particular, I focus on how artificial light at night affects the timing of bat nocturnal activity, both at their foraging sites and at their roosts.
By stressing how urgent it is to preserve and restore dark areas to protect biodiversity from light pollution, I hope my work will contribute to design environmentally-friendly and efficient lighting management practices”.

This talk was part of the conference program conceived around the exhibition “ESSE” by Rafael Y. Herman at the Fondazione Sant’Elia in Palermo.

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