‘Moving’ through trauma…

“If Freud turns to literature to describe traumatic experience, it is because literature, like psychoanalysis, is interested in the complex relation between knowing and not knowing, and it is at this specific point at which knowing and not knowing intersect that the psychoanalytic theory of traumatic experience and the language of literature meet”. (Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History (by Cathy Caruth)

Backwards and forwards in space and time: Investigating memory for dance…Is our body capable to store memories?

”When a great choreographer dies, does their work die with them?” wrote Mackrell (2009) after the losses of Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham….

In 1993, a psychologist Susan E. Smith, in a paper relating to the idea of “Survivor Psychology”, stated that:”body memories are thought to literally be emotional, kinesthetic, or chemical recordings stored at the cellular level and retrievable by returning to or recreating the chemical, emotional, or kinesthetic conditions under which the memory recordings are filed. She wrote in the abstract of the paper that “one of the most commonly used theories to support the ideology of repressed memories or incest and sexual abuse amnesia is body memories.

Is it true then that memories can be stored outside the brain?

Between imagery and reality..

“I experienced the particular shooting as it never really happened, like I was not the one taking the pictures. I chose to overexpose the settings of my camera and let the light hide the details of the persons captured, as details are seldom there in my dreams..”.

Just like the definition of imagery involves expressive images or icons or representative images, I felt that I was not capturing the people walking there but something more bright than their bodies; maybe their souls, their aura. The process involved meditation prior to the shooting with eyes shut for a certain period of time. ”A completely new journey for me as a photographer, a purely new experience linked with controversial feelings as I could visualize myself photographing at the specific location prior to the shooting (while I had my eyes shut) but then during the shooting I felt that the images were captured by someone else..The title given fits perfectly what I experienced with regards to this project…Were these people a product of my imagination? Were they really there?..”