Macrocosm and microcosm, two ways to describe the anthropocosmic structure of the world that is denoted in the human being and in the universe.
Human beings have always been inclined to find correspondences, to formulate laws that could define themselves and the world they dwell in. This is a result of the exquisitely human need to find a reason for their lives, an objective to pursue. This project stems from the curiosity, the insatiable craving for the understanding of the unknown which characterizes the human genre. In analogy with the processes of alchemy, this research leads to the exploration of both the surrounding and the inner worlds, as everything is closely interconnected, the internal fluids and the planets in the universe likewise.
This photographic project is based on the Four Temperaments Theory, which has become the archetype of my journey towards the discovery of the world and of what it is made of through suggestions, references, symbols and visual synaesthesia. The Four temperaments theory is a etiologic and proto-psychological theory first depicted by Ippocrates in V century b.c. suggesting there are 4 fundamental fluids (humors) in the human body able to determine a specific temperament. The theory has been later used by Jung to describe the main personality types deriving from the predominance of one fluid: the sanguine, the choleric, the melancholic and the phlegmatic. The sanguine one is linked to blood, connected to the fire element which is enthusiastic, active, and social. The choleric, connected to yellow bile and the air element, short-tempered, fast and irritable. The melancholic, deriving from black bile and connected to the earth, which is analytical and wise. And the phlegmatic, deriving from phlegm, connected to the water, who is relaxed and peaceful. Within centuries each category has been deeply connected to other ancient classical studies such as the Four elements and their qualities (Aristotle), seasons and stages of human life, phases of the day and the moon cycle, alchemy, astrology, geometry, platonic solids, colours (Goethe), ... As a human temperament changes while passing through human life according to the passing of time and age, everything is then transformed, and, following the symbology of the circle, everything rotates. Starting from this theory I took pictures and portraits looking for the symbolic and the invisible both in a straight and allegoric way connecting people to environments, details, symbols and metaphors of their temperament translating the psychological theory into a visual poem. I intervened in the portraits covering the face with platonic solids associated to the relative temperament in order to deny personal identities as every individual is part of a more complex whole. Indeed the edge between the real and the imaginary is part of my work, I look for the symbolic and the invisible, more than giving answers I am interested in opening discussions and create doubts.