Mereological Studies - Guilherme Ghisoni

In the work Mereological Studies, I try to overcome the timelessness of photography through the deconstruction of the pictorial space. In an image, each part is represented as maintaining certain spatial relationships with all other parts. In this way (as Dominic Lopes argues in his book Understanding Pictures from 1996), images provide us with spatially unified visual aspects. To deconstruct the image, I operate circular rotations with parts of the image. These rotations invert the spatial orientation of the contents within each circle, but preserving the position of the circle in relation to the whole of the image.

My goal is to invite the viewer to undo with the aid of imagination the circular rotations, recomposing in thought the image as a unified totality. This reconstruction inserts a temporal element into the perception of the image, because it will take a series of mental acts to gradually undo the circular rotations. This also inserts a conceptual element, because if the spectator succeeds in reconstructing part of the image or the image as a totality, this unified image will exist only in the mind of the viewer.

Mereology is the philosophical discipline that studies the relation between the whole and the parts.

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