La cruz de malta
El flamboyán amarillo
La bellísima
El cepillo de botella
El roble
La corona de Cristo
La margarita silvestre
El flamboyán
La lluvia de orquídeas
La reina de las flores
La trinitaria
El tulipán africano
La petrea

“We need to experience our selves in such way that we could say that our real body is not just what it is inside the skin, but our hole, total, external environment.” – Allan Wats

My project is based on the philosophy of the aesthetic movement of the mid- nineteenth century in England, where the cult of beauty, the incorporation of floral elements and sensuality was sought. Within this framework I aim to represent the importance of recognising nature as part of our own selves, to relate to it, to appreciate it, and to contemplate it. To achieve this, I used language, flora, and the human body as the starting point for creating photography with high aesthetic value. The combination of photographic technique, illumination, care for detail, precision, and manual confection of the floral arrangements allows me to provide the viewer with an experience of enjoyment and delight. 

My creative process begins with the Spanish language, particularly the definite article that precedes the name of each flower. In Spanish, this article is gendered, varying between the male el and the female la. For example, while creating the piece that features an oak flower—in Spanish, el roble—I used male body parts to correspond to the flower ́s definite article. On the other hand, while preparing the bougainvillea—la trinitaria—I used female body parts. My intention is not to make a statement on gender or sex, but to highlight the morphology of the language. 

As to the flowers, I arrange them by hand to create compositions in conjunction with the human body. These meticulous arrangements are placed in situ when I create the photograph. The flowers themselves provide the beauty, grandeur, and glory inherent to tropical flora. 

The human body—in its entirety or by its parts—supplies a sense of humanity to the composition. Each one of my photographs exhibits the symbiotic relationship between human beings and the flora. The human body juxtaposed with colourful flowers is a celebration of our humanity and the joy of life. 

Zuania Muñiz-Meléndez

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