- serene mistrust -
While the fear of dark is commonly tied to a particularly traumatic childhood experience, many psychologists believe that this particular fear is inherited, it is simply “an evolutionary (and rational) impulse to protect ourselves”. Researchers believe that fear of darkness stems from genetic encoding that hardwired us to avoid predators at night as darkness blinds one of our most important senses, and leaves us with a lack of control and vulnerable.
Being a woman and have been born and raised in one of the most violent cities in the world, walking in the dark as not a luxury I had available. After moving to a safe place and very different in so many aspects from everything I was once used to, I still have the feeling of discomfort when I find myself alone in a dark, empty place. That draws me into the light. What has changed now is the addition of a peaceful feeling. Both discomfort and peace coexist but often one wins over the other.
The perception of fear and peace is unique and cannot be measured. Each piece of Serene Mistrust is about stopping, visually absorbing and gently experiencing either these feelings, and most of all, letting the imagination fill in the gaps.