Evita Goze

Minor project. Imaginary Homelands.

Posted in Japan, personal work, photography, photography studies by evitagoze on January 2, 2013

The effect of mass migrations has been the creation of radically new types of human being: people who root themselves in ideas rather than places, in memories as much in material things; people who have been obliged to define themselves – because they are so defined by others – by their otherness; people in whose deepest selves strange fusions occur, unprecedented unions between what they were and where they find themselves.

(Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands)

I travel from place to place, from country to country. They are different yet the same. Light enters the space and melts into flesh and the most significant memories turns out to be veins pulsing on arms. Pores of skin, flaws and marks, texture of hair and fabric, patterns of shadows. Tiny apartments, suburban landscapes, parks appearing like tropical forests only a handful of meters from a highway. For a split second when the shutter clicks I’m in the control. For a split second I lull myself into believing that they belong to me, longing to become another, before they slip out of my reach, turn away, harden their backs, already lost even before the very first picture was taken.

By photographing people around me I draw internal maps of countries of the mind, of memory and my personal history, searching for emotional attachment and intimacy with the world that surrounds me.

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