Pergine Valsugana, Italy, 2017
Pergine Festival 2017
Pictures by Luca Ranghetti
The site-specific installation is dedicated to the theme of the empathic meeting: Empathy, literally "feeling inside" or "put oneself in someone's shoes", It is an individual process of understanding the emotions of others created by the activation of the "mirror neurons". This ability has an important role in sociology: in addition to making solid and constructive relationships of care and affection as well as learning dynamics, allows the most complex interactions between people with different cultures.
The structure of the installation is composed by two wooden panels covered with a mirror adhesive film in their internal side. Through the reflecting surface and the diagonal opening on one of the two panel, whoever is inside, an adult or a child, they will be able to see their bodies and their clothes associated with the face of the external observers. The goal of the installation is to create atypical aggregations and to delete any gender belonging. The yellow flooring recalls the typical sensibility of empathic people and it amplifies the effects of this unique and entertaining visual experience.
Empathy, if properly exercised and developed could be the ability to overcome any barrier or prejudice and foundation of an emotional intelligence capable of weaving stable and effective human bonds.