Caruana’s project for the 2014 BMW Residency at the Nicéphore Niépce Museum in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, searches for the truth behind love at first sight or ‘coup de foudre’ (bolt of lightning in English). Her work explores personal experience alongside investigating the subject through the work of neuroscientists, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists.
Using photography as her tool, Caruana unpicks the personal experience of falling in love at first sight during her residency in Chalon. In her search for the truth she turns to science, Mother Nature and other people’s accounts of this romantic phenomenon.
Science challenges the romantic, fairytale, happily-ever-after notion of love. Turning to Charles Darwin’s seminal text On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (published in 1859), and research by academic Alfred Kinsey who wrote Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948), and second book about female humans and sexual behaviour five years later, Caruana found the counter argument to her experience; she could not investigate the romance of humans without employing science to explore love at first sight in a critical, objective way.