Anatomy, as the title of this project, refers to the concept of the anatomy of soul. The inspiration derived from Plato’s Theory of Motion. The quote which helped the development of the series is the following:
Soul is the one that “moves”, gives life to human body. Soul is restless, therefore immortal. Restless is immortal, while that which moves from something else, when motion stops, stops its life. Every human body which is moved from the outside is inanimate, whilst the one which is moved from within, by itself, is animate. This in the nature of soul.
[Falkos-Arvanitakis T. (2007). Plato Phaedo (About Soul). Thessaloniki: Zitros publisher, p 140]
By adopting the kinesiology of the statues, the human body is transformed into a sculpture and photographed. This kinesiology was chosen because it denotes an immobility, which is juxtaposed with the restless Platonic soul.
So the concept was to depict photographically soul in relation to body as perceived both in modern times. The idea was to “freeze time”. Each photo can be viewed separately, but all of them compose the final synthesis. Viewers can discard them, be related to one of them, or even recognize themselves through them. Although the main axis was human body, some photos only imply human presence.
Angeliki Manta was born in Greece. She studied architecture in UK, with her Bachelor degree completed in University for the Creative Arts (Canterbury), and her master degree in University of Manchester. Her involvement with photography began in her year out in Paris, where she started taking photos of sculptures in different museums. In 2014 she attended the photographic seminars organized by Hellenic centre of Photography. In 2017 she attended photography courses to Athens School of Fine Arts. Currently her photography interest focuses in landscapes with the human presence in them.