Route To Motherland
''Of Tenerife, I only had mental images based on the stories I had heard years ago from islanders. They had told me about micro-climates, geography, topography, local culture, tourism, but most of all they all seemed to give much importance to the mountain : the Teide. I thought it was like a worship. Since then, I have felt a great craving for visiting this island and meeting the volcano, which finally happened last year.
Somehow, in spite of the touristic atmosphere and urbanized areas, Tenerife made me comfortable. From the embracing tropical mildness and the secretive haze that welcomes the visitor out of the plane, to the old endemic trees and black volcanic beaches, its beauty is as unusual as multiple. There's weirdness and wilderness, something of an ancient territory. And, as strange as it may appear, I felt like home without even knowing this place, especially while discovering the Teide National Park.
It appeared to me as a primitive place, where I could conceive of what was Earth million years ago, and how it would have originated life. As a volcanic island, Tenerife has a telluric activity, that is not only visible physically, but gives a special atmosphere, urging the visitor to slow down, observe and feel its energy.
Contemplating the landscape, I finally realized I was also part of the universe myself, a tiny link in a global huge chain, with my own creative energy, as a human being, both daughter and mother, with my own magmatic chamber, cyclic periods of activity and rest, and ability to give life. I couldn’t help but relate strongly to this powerful place. There, somehow, I rooted, and met my ecofeminism.’’
‘‘My name is Séverine Bonacchi. I use both analog and digital photography, and sometimes collage, as a powerful tool for self-knowledge and self-acceptance, in order to find my own « why ». My process is mostly intuitive. I shoot because there is something I want to keep : a light, a gesture, an emotion, a texture, a shape, a line. It is often afterwards that I find some convergence and start to dig that way, willing to offer the viewer both a time of contemplation and an opportunity to make his/her own connections.’’