With the exhibition “we are no one”, the photographers Jammie Hill and Joslyn Benson seek to approach the eternal existential quest of the individuals.
According to the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), existence precedes essence, which means that we human beings, first of all, exist, and define ourselves afterwards. In the beginning, we only exist, “we are no one” but material. We are nothing else but what we make of ourselves. And when we say that we are the responsible to choose for ourselves, for effect, we are choosing for all human beings, because we are not alone, and it creates a sense of responsibility.
This is where choice and freedom come in. We, human beings, create our own values and meanings for our lives, but this responsibility may bring a sense of anxiety, anguish and fear. And this is what we can see through the images shown in this exhibition.
we are no one : March/April, 2016
Angelika Corral &
No Man Is An Island – Poem by John Donne
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.