"There is something abominable about the cameras because they have the power to invent many worlds. As an artist who has, for too long, been lost in the wild field of mechanical reproduction, I do not know which world I can begin with."
The perplexity expressed in this text by Smithson - "The Art Through the Eye of the Camera (1971)" - Can help us to leave out some preconceptions about photography before we enter the symbolic field of Multiverse - the world invented by John Pacca and Marcelo Carrera -, because it starts precisely with the challenge to our capability to understand where we are and to name what we see.
This is certainly not the world with which we are familiar. And our estrangement doesn't concern to the fact that the sharp contours of figurative forms, which tend to be the distinctive element of the photographic record, here tend to abstraction - a result of the loss of sharpness caused by long times of exposure, the presence of large plans unfocused and by the insidious presence of shadows. In Multiverse, the supernatural atmosphere is imposed beyond its setting in the physical space of nature.
The idyllic character of the images immediately transports us to the dimension of dreams and their mysterious ways of existence. Here, plants, rocks, caves, rivers and waterfalls work as a mental scenario in which our character moves. When we try to understand what is unfolded in this scenario, we bump into a set of hybrid classical mythological elements, without narrowing it down to any specific myth.
The beautiful Narcissus, the clairvoyance of Apollo, the intoxication of Dionysus, the merciless of Hades and many other personifications of divinities fill this story, all metamorphosed. In this allegorical narrative, body, space and camera rehearse a kind of a cosmogony dance, powerful enough to re-enact their personal rites, and, from them, reinvent their myths.
Meninas da Vila Published July 16, 2010