Loose Joints Publishing, 2021
Copertina morbida, 24×29.5 cm
152 pagine, 76 fotografie a colori
In stock (can be backordered)
Laudato si’, mi’ Signore, per sor’acqua,
la quale è molto utile
e humile e pretiosa e casta…
(Praise be to you, my Lord, for sister water, who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste…)
-Francis of Assisi, Cantico delle creature
Over the years and with the advent of increasingly secularized societies, ‘we’ve lost our connection to water,’ says Chloe Dewe Mathews.
Over several years, she has documented unexpected and various rituals carried out in and around the Thames, from its puddling source to its vast, heaving estuarial outlet at the North Sea. She has observed ancient, traditional, and collective ceremonies as well as privately improvised acts; some are deliberated tributes to the river as a wonder and a boon; others are a routine part of the unselfconscious everyday round of people’s lives.
The meaning of water does not disappear in mythology, in religions, in antiquity, because these symbolic contents belong to the deepest structure of our psyche: water, in the multiplicity of forms it can take, reveals itself as the object of an equally multiplicity of meanings for the human being.
She doesn’t exchange looks with her subjects nor hold them in her gaze, let alone stare at them; she registers them as if she herself were the light-sensitive medium, part of the environs. Hers is an art of delicate attentiveness, and she chooses to pick up on fugitive traces: the arrow laid in flour by a Harriers running club in the misty dawn at the summer solstice, marking the trial like an apotropaic vodun vèvè; or the drift of blossoms scattered from Southern Pier after the ashes of a loved one have been thrown in. The undifferentiated body of the river is given shape and meaning by an elegiac gesture, an offering that is also a prayer, as the person who was once alive dissolves into the elements of air and water.
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