Art and spirituality have a mutual agreement on the need for a deeper
understanding of the soul. The awakening – both spiritual and artistic – has on
the wakeful being, a similar impact and shares the same noble objective of
breaking the barriers raised by the ego. Is it not strange to think that when an
artist wonders about his daily battles in face of his own solitude, he is also
working on a spiritual deconstruction without even intending to? Are these two
anthropological pillars, then, intrinsically interconnected?
Spirituality is defined as the search for the meaning of life. Perhaps the
magic of art is exactly the vehicle that spirituality needs to, at the very least,
plant a seed inside someone, to convey its message. Trying to explain the
intangible of life through the aesthetic and the sensitive. When we see art as a
form of expression of the soul, this attunement becomes even clearer, as if they
could vibrate at the same frequency.
Once again, Gatti uses prominent Afro-Brazilian influences, not only to
add familiarity to the debate, but to make room for a point of view that is often
marginalized by our society. This peculiarity of art of reaching the emotional
center of one’s being is a powerful weapon not only to see ourselves beyond
the ego barrier, but also to see ourselves in others as belonging to a totality. Be
it on a social or spiritual level.
The essence of the Orixás, its human archetypes and its ancestral
teachings represented in these photographs, put us in a position of absolute
contemplation, which is instinctive and part of the eternal human being search
for a feeling of connection with something greater than himself. As the popular
saying expresses: Half of us is faith, the other is Axé. Art and spirituality; feeling