Καταφύγιο (shelter)   

As you set out for Ithaka

hope your road is a long one,

full of adventure, full of discovery.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,

angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:

you’ll never find things like that on your way

as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,

as long as a rare excitement

stirs your spirit and your body.

Laistrygonians, Cyclops,

wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them

unless you bring them along inside your soul,

unless your soul sets them up in front of you. [..]

from Ithaka by Konstantinos Kavafis

A project started during the international residency Periplus on the island of Ithaca, a reflection born from the island seen as the ultimate refuge and on the different forms that the concept of protection can assume.

 

By examining Ulysses' feelings about his island (and my feelings about the sea), I construct a research on the forms that «protection» can assume and, consequently, a reflection on the concept of fear and threat. The progress of the photographic project is accompanied by the construction and the launching of a raft, a gesture aiming at the contact with the ubiquitous element, water, that I've always experienced as a danger.

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