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Tiny dioramas created inside sardine cans by Nathalie Alony

Italy-based artist Nathalie Alony has created an incredible series of miniature dioramas, illustrating life inside an apartment. What makes these dioramas so special is that each one has been created inside a sardine can, which is kind of fitting, given Alony’s statement about the work: ‘All these different lives, different stories, different histories and futures, all that intimacy, condensed between four walls, one next to the other, in little apartments, little boxes that each of us call home’.

UPDATE: Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming exclusive interview with Alony. Check it out!

With the sardine cans representing our modern society, do you mean to say that there could be better ways of living outside of these boxes?

I’m not saying boxes are better or worse.. They’re all boxes… For me it is strange to share a vast amount of intimacy by living in an apartment building. In my adult life I lived in a variety of remote places where I didn’t have any neighbors at all, like a cave in the Himalayas, an old stone house in a chestnut forest in Tuscany, an old country house in the middle of the corn fields and even my ‘apartment’ in Tel Aviv was a big industrial loft that I transformed into studio & home.

Through the sardines I imagine what it’s like to hear and feel all the sounds and smells u share with strangers when you live in a condo.

All these different lives, different stories, different histories and futures, all that intimacy, condensed between four walls, one next to the other, in little apartments, little boxes that each of us call home.” – See more at: http://www.junk-culture.com/2014/05/miniature-dioramas-capture-fragments-of.html#sthash.W7FtN05Z.dpuf
All these different lives, different stories, different histories and futures, all that intimacy, condensed between four walls, one next to the other, in little apartments, little boxes that each of us call home.” – See more at: http://www.junk-culture.com/2014/05/miniature-dioramas-capture-fragments-of.html#sthash.W7FtN05Z.dpuf
All these different lives, different stories, different histories and futures, all that intimacy, condensed between four walls, one next to the other, in little apartments, little boxes that each of us call home.” – See more at: http://www.junk-culture.com/2014/05/miniature-dioramas-capture-fragments-of.html#sthash.W7FtN05Z.dpuf

Via Junk Culture

One of Nathalie Alony's miniature dioramas made inside a sardine can
One of Nathalie Alony's miniature dioramas made inside a sardine can
One of Nathalie Alony's miniature dioramas made inside a sardine can
One of Nathalie Alony's miniature dioramas made inside a sardine can
One of Nathalie Alony's miniature dioramas made inside a sardine can

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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