HeghDI’ vem ghaH, tu’lu’ Dinosaur

The dinosaur is an important cultural icon, replacing the dragon myth of ancient civilizations.

Culturally speaking, dinosaurs occupy an intermediate position between real animals (tigers or elephants) and imaginary ones (unicorns or mermaids). They are not real, but they were. They belonged to the natural world millions of years ago, and today we are obsessed with bringing them back to life: through the cloning of Jurassic Park, with the replicas we find in amusement parks and with the fossils of paleontological reconstructions.

The dinosaur is the totemic animal of modernity and, according to science fiction, its lineage has given rise to two species of humanoids: the klingon and the reptilians.

Dinosauriology has thus become a fertile ground for discussing both the representation of nature and the nature of representation. Photographing dinosaurs revives the conflict of reality with illusion.

Joan Fontcuberta


Joan Fontcuberta has developed a plural activity in the world of photography as a creator, teacher, critic, exhibition curator and historian. Visiting professor at universities in Spain, France, Great Britain and the United States, he is a regular contributor to specialized publications.

His work has been exhibited in museums around the world such as the MoMA in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the IVAM in Valencia, the FOAM in Amsterdam, the MEP in Paris or the Science Museum in London and has been acquired by numerous public collections. In 2013 he received the Hasselblad Award and in 2022 the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Paris VIII.