It all started when I was back in my country, in my hometown for a holiday. I haven’t seen my mom for a while and I’ve noticed her body changed a lot, also herself as a person. It was not the same as I remember her 6 years ago before I moved abroad. This was quite interesting for me as I also noticed I changed as a person in the last years including my physical attributes as well.
I really wanted to combine this with scientific references crating a scientific-like project that has nothing to do with science, depicting a sort of experiments, a feeling that something is going on, something uncanny. I wanted the photos to have magical qualities combined with pure aesthetics, almost natural, like documented events or that they would seem visually effortless let’s say but in a completely constructed situations.
The non linear narrative in this fictional story is achieved by this association game that challenges the viewer to go back and forth through the photos and start exploring. There is no predetermined beginning nor end. It’s a sort of visual puzzle or maze. Like a sort of visual investigation. There are my recent obsessions, childhood memories, school book scans, personal interests, self-portraits as well as photos I took of my mom in my hometown.
It’s about what we consume but more importantly how we “digest” visual messages as intuitive practice and its reflection on the human body and image. For example, the black motion capture suit (that’s me, a self-portrait) refers to the kind of parallel world we all have, the imaginative one of a body that we admire. Here comes the idea of constriction and liberation of the human body in relation to ourselves and to others, its transformation and its acceptance.
Depicting this scientific feeling, magical qualities and experiments act only as signifier while the signified is actually a human analysis on its body and its acceptance. It’s a kind of documenting style that sometimes becomes surrealistic, mixing constructed spaces with intimate imagery. Recently while reading Rudolf Arnheim’s “Art and Visual Perception” I got influence on how mundane objects and shapes could be analysed and perceived in so many different ways and how meaning could be easily altered. Also how photos themselves alter meaning when they are analysed as single image or seen together in series of pictures or recombined in different groups which is a very fascinating fact that really interests me. I hope these juxtapositions, visual proposals and questioning the notion of the photo and its transformative nature, both aesthetically and significantly, would bring the viewer a curiosity in finding new perspectives and perceptions about oneself and the things that surround us.
Nevertheless I don’t want the story to have an end, leaving the viewers with open trains and inviting them to reinterpret and reinvent meanings inevitably made by one's own individual contexts, experiences and cultural background.