Statement

I’m a visual artist dedicated to the exploration of the metaphysical notion of transpersonal identity through photographic introspection. 

There are areas of the collective and individual identity of human beings that I feel compelled to examine through portrait photography driven by my sense of the transcendental. The intention behind my recent work is to address metaphysical questions about the phenomenology of existence in relation to photography. For that reason, my practice and research look for ulterior photographic dimensions where identity is extended beyond its material premises. 

Image-making has been connected throughout history to key existential topics such as the divine nature of human beigns, the mystical outreach of the psyche and the connection with supernatural entelechies. Despite the actual secularisation of the visual arts in the West through the brutal regime of the Technic, I firmly believe that contemporary photography still retains an inherent mystical potency. Even nowadays, it is possible to create images through photographic means that serve as transcendental maps of meaning to navigate the mysteries of existence alongside reason and science.  

Photography is used in my work not to eveidence any empirical truth, not to answer any question, not to support any believe
but in Carl G. Jung’s words:

‘to cultivate thoughts that can never be proved’.

Roman Perona