2017 – Ongoing
What makes us closer? What helps connect with that common feeling that lives within? A feeling of belonging to something that is grand and more powerful than us. Some call it God, some call it energy…some believe in the divine properties of cacao beans. It comes in multiple names and forms, representing all sorts of ideologies. Science cannot´put a precise word on it nor completely disregard it. It helps us overcome obstacles, gives us courage and reassures us that we are not alone. At times, leading our lives towards a path of self reflection and growth. It is used in many beautiful ways and as we know, many tragic ones as well. Some choose to conduct their selfish, harrowing deeds wearing a mask of faith. This continues to spark much controversy upon religious communities everywhere. When faced with fear or despair, we used to turn to our spiritual groups with trust, knowing that they would make us feel at home. That is still the case for many but we also experience skepticism in a world where the progress of our technological society has introduced new ways of communicating and gathering. Social media platforms have encouraged expression for all and granted access to more knowledge than ever before (wether it be factual information or not), which has opened a door for personal interpretations and contributed in the rise but also the decline of common interests. We think our world is more connected and accepting, which in some ways is accurate but we also live in more fear and seclusion than before. This complicated situation has initiated a wish in me to return to the basics. The basics of what makes us connect as human beings and of what connects us to common core senses.
I grew up in a multicultural family, experiencing contrasting religions and surrounded by a diverse array of people, who´s beliefs I have always appreciated. One of my deepest rooted convictions is that tolerance, respect and care towards others should be the foundation of our lives. It has come to me in natural ways and from a place of love. Knowing that this conviction is shared more often than not, I decided to start this project in the hopes of catching a glimpse of our spiritual and loving essence. I aim to show real connexion and the resemblances that I trust live within us all, regardless of our believes, race, gender or sexual orientation in times where our society seems in critical need of renewed solidarity and faith – in all of its forms.