Jurema - PhMuseum

Jurema

Pardo Iannini

2019 - Ongoing

From an early age, I have asked myself the universal questions: why am I here and what is the purpose of life? I found myself longing for meaning, walking a spiritual path.

As part of this quest, I’ve travelled to the Amazon Jungle in my homeland of Colombia, looking for answers in a setting different from the established Westernised view. Although I did not find the answers to my original questions, I’ve found instead unconditional love. 
 
For several amazonian tribes, it is known that there is a motherly spirit, called Jurema who is part of every living thing. Sacred plants, specifically Yaje, are used by many as a portal to meet her. Shamans or “taitas” as they are called in Colombia, have visions, for them human experience is only an illusion, just a fraction of what is out there. Reality is the one of the spirits and Jurema is the mother queen of that world.

This project explores my experience during this quest, and not the end result; how, while walking guided by the spirit of nature, I started experiencing a new way of perceiving the world.

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