Since childhood, I felt an intense fascination with myths and legends. They seem to come from far away, from ancient times. To me, myths are like faded dreams, unfamiliar to the modern man, hiding a deep, powerful meaning that was transmitted over the ages. Even if myths undergo formal transformations, their core remains unchanged. It is this immutable essence of the myth that interests me, particularly in relation to modern concepts that the myth might inhabit – advertising, technology, capitalism, or consumerism.
Why do I feel that this subject is so pressing?
As scientific understanding has grown, so our world has become dehumanised. Man feels isolated in the cosmos because he no longer identifies as part of nature. We have stripped all things of their mystery and numinosity and nothing seems holy anymore. I believe that only through storytelling – telling stories about ourselves, about the others, about the world itself – can we redesign a mental and emotional space in which we feel comfortable in. Myths make us feel more at home in the world, creating an invisible connection with our ancestors and, generally, with our past.
My work, and my installation artwork, in particular, is a way of telling stories. Telling stories is one of the characteristic behaviours of human beings. Humans have been telling stories to each other for ages, to transmit information about the past, to map the future and to assess the present. It helps us explore our identity and define our values.
If you are thinking of art as a language, then my works’ subject is the importance of reiteration. I believe that myths and stories work as mirrors of our societies and if we look carefully into these mirrors, we can extract and apply their moral teachings to modern problems. We can even explain these modern problems by framing them as myths.