“Phasmids - from the greek phasma, which means shape, apparition, vision, ghost and, concequentially, presage - embody an emblematic experience of a bigger issue regarding the figure and the defiguration, the form and the unshaped. It is as if phasmids, these animals without heads or tails, could lend their name to an undefined class of small apparent things, in evident contact with the authority of the ghost.” - Georges Didi-Huberman
Phasmids investigates the folklore and myths surrounding the territory of Conero Park; inanimate objects becoming alive, light morphing into a woman, iridescent rocks. The forest breathes animated by its mysteries. Differentiating between evident and apparent images, Phasmids explores apparition through the paradox of obscuration. It is through a process of concealment that the invisible is allowed to emerge. Yet, Phasmids is also a reflection on our relationship to landscape and on the use of photography in creating this relationship. Walking, touching, looking; all these actions shape our understanding of the world that surrounds us. Whilst perception is traditionally ascribed to the authority of the all-seeing eye, which abstracts itself from the world in order to look upon it, Phasmids attempts to reclaim the sensory system within vision and it’s inherent embodiment. Instead of looking at the world from above, it look at the world from within. The photographic camera, rather than being understood only as a representational tool, is understood as the mean through which we construct our relationship to the world through a series of complex sensory relations. By repositioning the act of seeing as an active and dynamic interaction between surfaces I hope to reposition myself within the natural world, as well as positioning photography as a mean through which we construct the world rather than a passive mean to record it.
Developed during the residency ‘Cuore di Pietra’ (Heart of Stone), led by Federico Clavarino, investigating the territory of the natural park of Conero, Ancona (IT). Organized by Sineglossa Creative Grounds as part of the programme Art Walks.
Published by Skinnerboox, Note-Series, 2018. Find a copy here.