Collage, composition and some few reflections
What is it that happens when the unwanted/unexpected appear, when the ghost manifest?
Over the last fifteen years, a large number of works in diverse disciplines: sociology, psychoanalysis, literary criticism, folklore, cultural studies, geography, or communication have sought to reinterpret stories of haunting as the return of traumatic memory.
Beyond the variety of contexts and approaches about the phenomenon or what is called hauntology, the work intended here through photography considers ghosts not only as things that are believed in (or not believed in), but also and above all, as things that happen, as events and as such they are what makes us see beyond, understand all the other events, all the other possibilities.
I have chosen to materialize these happenings on family photos.
Within this work, ghosts manifest not as terrifying revenants, but as beings, children, women, men that appear and gives us a sense of what is/was there, what is not said, what more could the photo say, what is hidden and transpires. By the emotions they set in motion, the doubts they stir, the possibilities they inspire, the ghosts generate questions, solidarity, humanity. They revive old traumas, create new ones, and redefine family stories.
They may also force us to recompose our stories anew.
Documenting an apparition invites us not only to ask what appears –but also what it is that the apparitions themselves make appear; what is made visible as a result of a ghost’s manifestation.
(More photos will be soon posted on my facebook page MOTHERS)