Anne de Carbuccia was born in New York and grew up in Paris. She attended Columbia University in New York City where she studied anthropology and art history, specializing in XVII - XVIII century art. She returned to Paris and worked for Drouot, one of the oldest and most respected auction houses in the world. There she found a passion for ancient and primitive culture and art. She later developed an interest in using photography and films as a means of seeing these objects in a contemporary context.
On a filming expedition in Antarctica, she conceived the idea of “time shrines”, which integrates her fascination with ancient culture, photography, and installations. Since then she has made many expeditions in pursuit of this project, which involves creating and staging a TIME SHRINE in symbolically significant environments. The photograph becomes the permanent record of the temporary installation.
TIME SHRINES make an ingenious use of Vanitas Art a tradition that dates back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which featured the skull as a symbol of vanity - the futility of earthly life and the transient nature of worldly pursuits. Similarly, the hourglass reminds us that time is fleeting. She also incorporates organic elements and found objects, each carefully chosen for its symbolic meaning. The installation invites us to reflect on where we come from, who we are, and what we want for the future - our one and only future.
In 2015, Anne founded the non-profit organization Time Shrine Foundation as a way to fund efforts to raise awareness and protect vulnerable environments and cultures.
Nowadays Anne lives and works in Milan (Italy).