Aphantasia– Me Escaping Through the River, 2021
My project seeks to explore the lack of visual imagery of the mind, a phenomenon described as APHANTASIA. In this project, I investigate – adopting an experimental approach – the relationship between memory and mental visual imagery.
The inspiration started when I accidentally discovered Aphantasia, listening to BBC Radio 4. As I found out that I have this condition, I initiated my personal research by taking part in a case study.
The selected photographs are the emblem of an emotional attachment to my memory. I manually add new layers onto the surface of my prints, to connect the mind with my memories. In a short video, I present the juxtapositions of layered photographs, drawings, and my own voice, to reflect the way my brain deals with remembrance: applying different layers to get to see, even without the benefit of the mind’s eye.