research interests: Visual Anthropology, Semiotics, Social Anthropology, Phenomenology
affiliation: The University of Adelaide
As a painter and PhD student in Social Anthropology at the University of Adelaide, I am currently developing a theoretical approach within the anthropological discipline aiming to explore human society through visual representation.
This essay is divided in two sections: a theoretical reflection on the premises and advantages of painting in anthropological research, and a practical experiment. The first section offers a proposal for the use of painting within anthropological outcomes as an important tool for representing the feelings of the researcher and of the people observed, as well as mediating between their perspectives. Additionally, the proposed visual essay, entitled ‘City and Nature’ is a visual exploration of human life within the modern globalised world, focusing on nature and consumerism through dark surreal images. The exploration of the possibilities of expression offered by artistic practice can be a great way to explore the sphere of perception and interpretation, that deeper world of meanings and understandings, that is the real heart of anthropology.