Vitor Schietti’s works proposes an abstract idea: to know the thoughts of animals. An exercise that we are not even sure to accomplish regarding our own minds. We get to see these thoughts up close and are able to intrusively appreciate them on their skin texture or eye patterns.
How do animals think?
The images show that, there where we could only name a form void or background (the sky, the grass, the mountain, the air) thousands of threads can be found tightening and waving with each movement. These pictures put forward other ways in which thought and understanding could be view, which allows us to
put aside the human perspective for a moment and lose ourselves in the outlines of the sketched organic forms.
It’s hard not to feel taken by the leather textures, the depth of the eyes, the feathers. After all, you can catch the universe in a spiderweb.
The maze of the mind contains thousands of years of knowledge and instincts from our ancestors. Throughout his life and his travels, Schietti recorded these perceived instincts and consciousness from animals in his notebooks and through the lens of his camera. As in those mazes, the images in this exhibition are made from the sum of many other images.
Looking at the works we follow the lines that connect the characters in the photo. Those lines are both a way of understanding, as a call to look at our side and focus on the environment of the characters.
The pictures are a pause.
And Vitor bursts it although subtly. Almost without us knowing. He delivers a hidden message, but still, there it is reminding us of the role that we leave to non-humans: the direct relation between the materials and the finished product. Most times it doesn’t attract any attention, because that’s just the way it is.
The cow gives us its milk.
Cats are abandoned in parts of the city that we don’t want to inhabit.
And could continue so.
The bottom line is that, maybe, due to Vitor’s works next time that we look around our gaze will not be the same as before, and the intervening lines from these images representing thought, could also be our own.