On turning your back on the important things in life

Entering the auditorium you hear quiet cloistral medieval music. It is a choc for all the visitors who are coming from the busy streets of evening Berlin. Everyone holds a candle in their hands because there is no other light. No, I’m not talking about some crazy religious rituals. Welcome to Middle Age…

The project “Revertimini (Llull 365 + 1)” by the artist Jordi Plana Pey was created on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of the great Catalan scholar Ramon Llull (1232–1315). Llull is a philosopher and writer and he is considered the author of the first major work of Catalan literature.

Llull’s “Book of the Lover and the Beloved” contains 365 moral aphorisms which stand for the days in a year. According to the author’s opinion each one of them was sufficient to think about it all day. The central theme of the book is the relationship between the religious man (the Friend) and the supernatural being or God (the Beloved) with emphasis on the unifying element: love.

Say, O Fool, which of these knows the more 
of love he that has joys or he that has trials and
griefs ? ' He answered : ' There can be no know-
ledge of love without both the one and the other.

These aphorisms served the photographer Jordi Plana Pey as an inspiration for his exhibition. The public observes 365 contemporary photographs (+1) of different people who have turned their backs on the viewer. The art can be read as our detachment from everything that surrounds us and most of all — love. The photographs illustrate the departure of the modern man from the ideas of the medieval philosopher.

That made me think of our everyday interactions with other human beings. In time where “communicating” has the status of a “Beloved” one, do we really communicate or did we turn our backs to one another a long time ago? The simple black and white photographs are deprived from any detail that could distract the viewer. One can only see the ugly truth — we are not interested in what other people think or feel. We are closing our own thoughts deep inside us and don’t want to share them with the others.

Don’t we have anything to say?

Jordi Plana Pey (Berga / Catalonia, 1953) is a photographer and audiovisual artist. For several years, Plana Pey has been combining photography with various audiovisual projects. As a trained painter, the composition and lighting of his works convey the impression of a painted picture to the viewer and lead him into a world full of feelings and emotions. The award winning work of Jordi Plana Pey has already been shown in many individual and group exhibitions in Spain and other countries.

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