Imagines mundi

Imagines mundi is a research into the possible and potentially endless ways of looking at the world and returning it.
It starts from cartography and representation to show how every vision of the world produces a map. This, in turn, tells of the world that generated it without pretending to be exhaustive or complete because the maps are not the territory and the territory can not be totally enclosed in them.
The core of this research stems from the inversion of a process: the real data is not the basis of its representation. Here the starting point is the a priori construction of a symbolic representation through which to imagine, by similitude, a reality.
Each chapter of the research analyzes a natural element reconstructing its appearance and substance through paper: all the photographs depict unique works resulting from the creasing of translucent tracing paper and shaping of technical geometric paper. Each sheet is folded and spread manually with different techniques that are able to produce different geometries each time.
The physical map of the earth evokes the geography of the earth’s soil; the views of fractal mountains are linked to the geometry of Mandelbrot; the rocks are considered in their materiality through color; the types of sea describe some traits of his character; the physical map of the sky is a reinterpretation of the starry vault and the depths of space.
The landscapes and the imaginary skies that derive from it are located on a thin ridge that lies between the nature of reality and its image becoming a sort of fantastic cosmography.
A “journey within signs” where the evoked images pertain to a space which is both distant as well as known and codified, as it is linked to the memory of the experience of the real.

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