Like Purity, Like Gravity.

Carolina Echeverri

2019 - Ongoing

This series was created as an antidote to authority, to dominance, to inequality. It’s a visual antonym to all this things that bear fear into my life as a female, as a mother of both a boy and a girl, and as a Hispanic woman who grew up in the freedom of the mountains and now roams alert in a flat Nordic European city.

It’s a purity dance between paired images, yet not “purity” related to immaculacy, but one related to innocence contained in natural attributes, in instinct. It's a dance that hopes we could be born and allowed not only to exist under these natural and free premises just by birth, but also hopes for a continuous self-evolution that would grant us to be the most true and crude version of our human selves.

For example:

Why cant girls sit with their legs open? Why cant women go jogging at night? Why do I need to check if my cleavage is low? Why cant my daughter be a catholic priest? why can my girl go out with pants on, but my boy cant wear a dress, why is a dress offensive?

Power & authority have tried to domesticate females since the Neolithic.

And why are apple tress bent & weaved into patterns? Why cant wolves roam free in Jutland? Why is my cucumber so straight? Why is the Netherlands flat? And why on earth do pugs exist?

Power & authority have also tried to domesticate nature since the Neolithic.

How did we get here?

Was Jacques Cauvin* right in proposing that is was the birth of religion that led humans to separate themselves from nature, thus domesticating it?

Was it survival or was it ego?

Or paradoxically, did the Gods need to create chaos & unbalance between us humans, and within the nature we are part of, in order to justify their existence?

Should we sit in our couches and cancel religion.(Is that the real vaccine we are in need of?)

When one removes the natural chaos, this beautiful freedom we were born into, and then create a fabricated, controlled and manipulated disorder disguised as some tainted idea of order, beings will innocently lose their compass, they will not be able to realise that they are already in heaven as part of nature, as one with it.

No, we will be blinded, self imprisoned, self destructing. Instead, we will start to look for happiness somewhere else, externally, believing that through control, submission and guilt we can earn a piece of a far away and forged cloud-filled heaven.

We, as a united human race have stopped acknowledging that heaven already exists with our feet in harmony with our soil, and in harmony with each other.

We have instead fictionalised it in skies above, always looking further, always looking up, and a bit further…disabling us to see the dark and infernal hole we are slowly & steadily driving into.

So today I rebelled against this world and I photographed my boy’s leg in my girl’s dresses, being himself, being also her, being wild and pure, and being one with all these pieces of natural heaven i’ve come to love so much, where I feel myself and to whom I pray.

Welcome to my new and improved church. Like purity, like gravity.

*https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/42ff/9461df8c59f01e47074d82e2c830ef51a767.pdf

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  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020

  • Like Purity, Like Gravity.
    35mm, Tmax 3200
    Doublereflex Blackbird
    2020


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