According to quantum physics, outer time is nothing more than a human limit that we use to have a rational perception of events. In “Saudade” the protagonist is the inner time, the one responsible for the distortion of feelings, which in turn, can evoke images in our mind.
Each image of the series is “une petite madeleine”: an object, a smell, a vision or a perception which, on sensory stress, brings out the entire memory in its subjective value. In this way we reach an epiphany that breaks the dichotomy between past and present. And time becomes only one.
Emotionally, the images are interchangeable: they represent some generic, unrecognizable and impersonal places, but the aim is to allow the observer to produce autonomous analogies. Perhaps this process will not only produce memories of real life, but will give the sensation of experiencing moments that have never happened, that the observer does not know he has lived or has never actually lived.
“Saudade” deals with a feeling that embraces and excludes time at once, dragging it away from a real context. It flows through every human being who has experienced melancholy, absence, tenderness, distance.
All images ©Ersilia Tarullo