Myths of the Human, by Alexis Vasilikos
“There is a story I heard in India, which says that when the consciousness manifested for the first time the first thing it did, for a split second, was to return back to the unmanifest and then it appeared as this universe. This small story summarizes my interest in photography, there are forms among us that are manifest but at the same time they carry an energy of formlessness, it’s as if they have no weight and their fabric is not solid but transparent. We usually don’t see these forms when our mind is rooted in form identity, because they are too subtle to be detected. Photography for me is an exploration into the various forms and manifestations of invisibility.”
These words by Alexis Vasilikos, and his series of photography “Myths of the Human“, brought to my mind an evening when sitting by the Ocean in Morocco, I asked a fisherman why people were all day talking and walking from one place to another:
“Here we have time. If you want to go to the next door on the right, you turn on the left instead, you walk till the end of the village, you meet friends, family, people, then you go around to the opposite side, walking and talking and meeting and finally you find the next door on your right, but meanwhile you met friends with whom you talked with.
Arab culture is not to be transmitted by written words, but by oral words, words in movement that are to be taught by one to another. And here you missed the most important: when you see people talking, there’s always someone else listening and learning. About values, religion, tradition, family, and friendship: our culture. We can be talkative people, but we are better listeners. We believe that everyone can teach us something new and important. So we listen.”
The formlessness energy that Alexis shows in this series made me lost in the whole. So I listened.
more related posts you want to see:
Chang Chao-Tang, the Ironic Absurdity;
A Shamanic Totem;
Victor Ershov’s People;
Ana Hatherly, April 25th 1974.;
Samer Mohdad, War Children (NSFW);
B Shot by a Stranger: It Keeps Going (NSFW);
Gay, Russian and Naked, by Alexander Kargaltsev;
Majid Saeedi: Lucas Dolega Award;
View the whole series at Alexis Vasilikos webpage.
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