Rotterdam Photo

Emilio Chiofalo

‘Psychic Matters’ is a series of images created using experimental approaches to analogue photography such as solarisations, the burning of colour silver prints and photograms. The project focuses on the relationship between psychic perception, and the aesthetics of image, space, and materiality. It draws on personal experiences with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), notably with the varying intensity of attention. 

The work uses the intentional and the accidental metamorphosis of a photosensitive surface to materially incorporate different degrees of perceptual—and therefore psychic—engagement. The creative process involves a manual contact that imprints layers of distortion and abstraction on silver prints. The plastic elements resulting from these manipulations amplify the imaginary character of the series and seem incorporating emotional forces and tactile sensations into the core substance of the image itself. By using the physical substance of the image as a material that can be modelled through the impulses of the imagination and of perceptions, this work questions the relationship between matter and the psyche and appears as the sensitive trace of an inner life.

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