Liza Ambrossio PHmuseum Limited Edition Print
A while ago, I decided to change my life in the most extraordinary way possible. I looked inside and inadvertently remembered the phrase that my mother said to be the last time I saw her when she was sixteen years old: “Good luck to you, and believe me, I really hope that you are very strong and bold, so as not to have mercy on time to destroy your body and crush your soul the next time we meet again“. After an overwhelming emotional crisis, I began this series of images interspersed with pictorial canvases and photographs from the family archive to impel the viewer to immerse themselves in my psychology. The Wrath of Devotion is a voodoo project capable of reconstructing a part of the personal and contemporary history of many women willing to emancipate themselves from the social structures that have been predisposed to them. Through written narrative, psychological manipulation exercises, against spells, self-portraits and image associations developed from adolescence to adulthood, I build a narrative representative of the history of my own madness and the reflection of chaos in my country. My work is in response to a curse cast by my mother, which involves a thorough investigation of my ancestors and reveals the fact that the women in my family have practised witchcraft with the desire to harm other women in the same ghetto. I consider the act of bewitching as a form of psychological defence against some symbols of machismo, but after its excessive permanence and intense belief in the case of my family, in madness, manias, phobias, depression and schizophrenia. The effects come from the bad mother syndrome investigated by psychoanalysis and epigenetically inherited. In my images, women are represented as immortal and immoral beings with supernatural powers, who mark their symbolism and personality through masks, eyes, spiders, water, blood and fire. They are intelligent, intriguing, and distressing. While men seem to always be at risk. In my stories, the feminine is threatening because it seduces and in the poetics of its seduction it devours.