Semantic Ontologies

Semantic Ontologies is a collection of photographs that explore the (re)construction of the three-dimensional space in the two-dimensional space of a photographic collage, as a network of semantic nodes that are inter-connected through an [arbitrary/cultural] semantic relationship. The semantic network that results, constitutes a semantic structure of space that is manifested only in the observer’s mind. It was already Picasso that used this idea: to construct spaces through semantic references.

The photographic medium is considered as a two-dimensional
visual analogue to the three-dimensional space. But what is the nature of space? Space can only be materialized through a specific point-of-view. As such, an objective, ontological perception of space cannot exist. Space is therefore always mentally constructed. Space is a mental construct that describes a position, relative to the surrounding objects. As a mental construct, it can be deconstructed and reconstructed.

In this collection, the real and the conceptual coexist; fragments of spaces that are captured through photographs, form new spaces. Different photographs [that are two-dimensional analogues to”space”], are deconstructed, and later they come together to reconstruct new spaces that exist in “reality” as fragments of the “real” space, but they are at the same time imaginary constructs; conceptions of space.