Simona Bonanno Messina, Italy
Nothing About ME
"I am no one. You don’t know anything about me. I am a passenger, a sailor, a waitress, an official, a cook, and a technician. I am European, American, Asian, and African. Tomorrow I will no longer be here, but it’s as though I’ve been here forever. My life crosses all of those, another thousand people that are like everything, nothing, and me. Crossing a sea, traveling that becomes perpetual motion, becomes a flux of humanity whose souls are floating on a floating city. They become still, in the pulse of the decks, of the corridors, in the pulse of the brilliant salons, and of the play of water in pools. There are many without stories, without identity. Crossing my shadow, projected on a wall, crossing my profile painted in the light, crossing my tragedy, that repeats itself in infinite mirrors, I will tell you my story, my story that is the story of a thousand others. I become one body, in the apparent chaos of a wavy ship, an enormous beast, that for the mean time I am a part of, the maternal fold, home where every man is an island."
Like looking through the keyhole, I project myself in the lives of the passengers, and the staff of a grand cruise ship. Using my lenses, I have the opportunity to observe many people, the same and different, giving life an enormous cosmopolitan society amongst the seas. ?Every year in Europe cruise ships transport more than 100.000 passengers to every port in the world. These truly amazing cruise ships, brilliant, and shining cities on the seas are small, but contain the most important concentration of people from all over the world. People divided in social categories, which live without rules in small spaces.
So, whoever you are, whatever your life is, here, you can lose your identity to become part of an enormous mechanism that cycles around and renews itself continually. It becomes one body, everyone, and no one, without any connection or reality to one’s own being.