Hyper- focus stems from the convergence of his research in Eastern philosophy, meditation, mandalas and the photographic medium. Struck by the similari es between archetypal images of mandalas and the focus reference cards used to calibrate camera lenses, the work explores the connection between mechanical and inner focus and the possibility of healing through art. With the strong belief that problems in today’s society are due to a lack of interroga on of the inner self, Mena creates and appropriates symbols and images to stimulate the viewer.
The gallery is transformed into a path to enlightenment, where Mena’s works guide the visitor towards spiritual development and medita on. By creating his own version, Mena wants to connect to `mandalas’ symbolic power of unity, harmony and inner reflexion. Eastern philosophy and zen have been sources of inspiration for many in art, especially in movements such as Fluxus or Conceptual Art.
- Michella Trovato Giancardino.