"The tide of history crushes lives of individuals to minutiae, and it is rare that individuals from so many hundreds of years ago are remembered in such vivid color. They are strange among the artifacts of human history, of human memory. Something happened- and whatever happened- it made such a stir that it still has not been forgotten."
What is the most real?
The history of philosophy has continually returned to this theme, but the question of what constitutes the Real becomes increasingly pressing in a world constructed of images ranging from video to virtual reality. The word "sak," is an ancient Indo-European root word meaning that which is the most real. It connotes that which is "completely other than all existing beings and possesses, in the maximum and utterly self-sufficient degree, the attribute of existence." Sak, via the Latin words sancire and sanctus, serves as the root of the words, "sacred," "saintly," and "saint," (Lanzi and Lanzi, 2004).
The series explores this linguistic connection through the portraits of twelve historical individuals. From barefoot Carmelite mystics to Attila the Hun the series probes the idea of ontological weight. Through poetry and portraiture, the series raises questions about the nature of the Real, the role of the individual, the role of memory, and highlights some of the most curious nooks and crannies of Western history.