A Shamanic Totem, by Gonzalo Bénard
Few days ago, after I made public my new series for the exhibition I’m preparing for July, I got an amazing email about the new series:
(…) “By definition totem is an object while shaman is an individual, this series merges both concepts into one image, which is both amazing and inspiring. Take for example the picture called “Eye”, the shaman IS a totem and vice versa, the spectator is unable to separate one from the other. This series is a symbol within a symbol. Beings/plants/objects that have been most commonly venerated (i.e. bulls, birds, snakes, eyes) and are used to represent a virtue are now being represented by another being or object in a magnificent, original way.
The cloudy background adds an aura of timelessness and natural connection of the elements, and the pictures in which an object and a human are in direct contact (i.e. “Bull”, “Rise up Antlers”, “Island”) potentializes the imagery of strength and power between nature and humans.”
Almost as continuation of the Oneness series, here I used the 4 elements bringing the Fire as part of a living being as life itself; Earth, in the clay, mud and skin; Air and Water in the sky and clouds.
Totem is an ongoing series in which we learn how to listen and learn with our own nature. Our own culture. A come back to our own roots, like the Old Wise Shamans we are.
Totem is, by definition, a being or object representing an animal or plant, believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance. It’s usually a sacred symbol of veneration, cult and tribute for protection. It’s often related to old Shamanism.
Totem beliefs have been historically present in societies throughout much of the world, including Africa, America, Arabia, Asia, Australia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the Arctic polar region. In modern times, some people, not otherwise involved in the practice of a tribal religion, have chosen to adopt a personal spirit animal helper, which has special meaning to them, and may refer to this as a totem.
So here you have my new series Totem. In connection with the Old Shamans.
I would love to hear your feedback!
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The Hard Softness (NSFW);
Pain should never be an excuse, but a tool for you to create with;
B Shot by a Stranger: Beyond Loneliness.
If you’d build a totem for yourself, to which animal would you ask for protection and skills?
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