Corona has turned the world upside-down and all at once transformed my whole bedroom into a walk-in camera. My family and I moved to Italy in July 2019 to enjoy its Dolce Vita. Eight months later, all 5 of us are in quarantine but safe, at Bologna, in Emilia Romagna, in the North of Italy, not so far from the epicentre of the COVID-19 sanitary crisis. We had chosen our new home because of its gorgeous view of the oldest park, right in the historical centre of the city, with its magnificent age-old trees. I loved walking my dog in this park every morning or sketching the statutes under the shade of a secular tree. Since March 13 the park is closed and we must stay at home, every day, throughout the day, aside from a 15 minutes dog-walking. I miss the trees so much.
While I was waking up later and slower than usual, because of the lockdown, I spotted an image on the wall opposite the window as well as the light passing through a hole into the shutter. An upside-down image of the outside world is projected onto my wall without me noticing it until our quarantine. The trees that I miss so much are coming and visiting me every day. Every morning, I take a moment to marvel at Corona’s contraption. I have captured what I see, the projection of what I miss more: my connection to Nature.
According to Hindu mythology, Ashvattha is an inverted tree whose roots are up in the sky and branches down on the earth. As far as I understand, the inverted tree conveys the concepts of mortality, rebirth and ephemeral nature that takes precedence over everything. I wish my upside-down image of trees would symbolize our rebirth after the Corona crisis.