Series Biophilia







The term “Biophilia” was first used by Erich Fromm to describe the psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive, and literally means love for life or living systems. The Biophilia Hypothesis was a step beyond; Edward O. Wilson introduced it in 1984, suggesting an instinctive, subconscious bond between human beings and other living systems. Wilson concludes that the deep relationship between humans and nature is rooted in our biology. Human preferences towards natural things, while refined through experience and culture, are hypothetically the product of biological evolution. In other words, our natural love for life helps sustain life itself.

The humankind is globally facing an historical era of radical changes, a major shift from the Modern to the Post Modern Age, in which most social structures have failed or are on the verge to collapse, opening the way to new models. We’re living an environmental crisis, a financial crisis but mostly a crisis of the human spirit. The disorientation resulting from this much needed disorder leads us all to rethink and possibly to reshape our lives, in different ways. Nature turns out to be – if not the answer – at least the asylum in which more and more people look for new models of living.

The project BIOPHILIA explores the instinctive drive behind the growing trend of reconnection with the natural, based on direct experience and through a creative process that reflects the principles of the exploration — where observation turns into contemplation and the unexpected plays a revealing role. The resulting Series are organized into a three chapters fictional tale shaped around a non-linear narrative.


Series The Dream Series The Vision
Chapter I – The Vision Chapter II – The Dream


Series The Encounter

Chapter III – The Encounter


Placebo is a journey through darkness, a travelogue of Vernaschi’s immersion into a sensual and, at times almost violent search for the remedy to dispel a wordless psychological upheaval. Through a series of dreamlike and real excursions he illustrates this transformation from confusion to clarity.

Boundaries crumble as he pushes himself, using photography as a divining rod to direct him to the centre of his subconscious where silence and isolation are balanced against frenetic fury. The self-indulgence of existential questioning is embedded deep within the work, light trails through the images, creating a surrealistic stage on which his subjects shimmer and glow.

Each narrative evokes an earthy sense of animal instinct, which also colors sexual scenes that make up an integral part of the journey. There is little romance to be found in the sexual narrative, no “happily ever after” fairy dust falling on these images, each vignette is an immediate raw exploration that begins and ends with sheer desire.
Placebo marks a shift in how Vernaschi photographs and through this “photo-therapy” he has emerged with a different kind of document, one that investigates the foundations of what makes us human and reveals the fine line which separates that human-ness from primal nature.

Peggy Sue Amison

Series Placebo



The BIOPHILIA Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit organization based in Argentina that was started in 2014 by Marco Vernaschi. BIOPHILIA contributes in shaping a sustainable model of rural development through a synergetic approach and a holistic vision, to empower small-scale farmers with the mission to reinforce local economies and fostering a responsible management of the natural resources.

Series biophilia

Series bitter harves Series samilantes
Series diablos Series gauchos
Series Jasy Pora Series patagonia





Marco Vernaschi is a social entrepreneur with solid experience in different fields of communication ranging from investigative journalism and visual media to fine arts.

He developed a successful career working for over 15 years across South and Central America, Africa and Asia shaping a variety of investigative projects and awareness campaigns, developing a wide range of in-depth contents for renowned institutions and media such as the Pulitzer CenterNational Geographic MagazineThe New York TimesTIME, among others. Marco has earned numerous awards including the World Press Photo (2010), and he’s a member of the National Geographic Photo Society.

During 2007-08 he investigated cocaine production and trafficking in Bolivia and through 2008-09 he developed for the Pulitzer Center an international investigation on Narcoterrorism in Guinea-Bissau, in partnership with the Interpol. During that year, Marco also shaped and directed for the Pulitzer Center an awareness campaign on Reproductive Health in West Africa in the Sub-Saharan region and, through 2010, he investigated Organs Trade due to ritual murder in Uganda.

Through 1999 and 2004, Marco worked extensively in Southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Swaziland) and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, India) developing a set of investigations on illegal trade of animal parts in partnership with CITES and a set of campaigns about ICTE (Madagascar) WCS, FFI and BVAR (Belize) projects. Within that frame Marco collaborated with several foremost conservationists, including Birute Galdikas and Patricia Wright.

In 2012, shortly after participating to the 54th Venice Biennale and other international art venues with a personal project, Marco was enlisted among the Ambassadors of Italian Excellence. His artworks are exhibited in major solo and group venues, including the Noorderlicht Photofestival, Paris Photo and the MACRO Museum, in Rome, among others.

Since 2005 he lives in Argentina, where he started the BIOPHILIA Foundation (2015) of which he’s the permanent President and Executive Director, a nonprofit organization based in Argentina committed to develop an innovative fair-trade platform for small and medium-scale scale farmers.



World Press Photo Award 2010 – 1st Prize – GN Stories
PGB Photo Award 201 0 – “Best Picture of the Year” – 1st Prize
PGB Photo Award 2010 – “Picture Story of the Year” – 1st Prize
ASME Award 2011 (finalist)
PULITZER Center Grantee 2008 – 2010
Lens Culture International Exposure Award 2009 – 1st Prize
ICP Infinity Award in Photojournalism 2010 (finalist)
SONY PHOTO AWARD 2010 – Current Issue
ODP Award for Human Values 2009
FIP – Young Photographer of the Year 2004
Nando Peretti Foundation Grantee 2002-04































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