Sana Sana tells of a journey towards healing that comes from the inside to the outside and the slow and delicate process of recovery from emotional wounds.
artist: Rosa Lacavalla
project: Sana Sana
Exhibited at Safelight Berlin from July 22nd to August 19th, 2023.
Sana Sana (Heal Heal) is repeated like a mantra. Si no sanas hoy (If you don’t heal today) / Sanarás mañana (You will heal tomorrow). These verses are taken from a popular South American chant sung by mothers to comfort their children when they get hurt. A simple song becomes a ritual, born out of love, and its words have acquired a magical belief: if you repeat these verses out loud, you will start to heal.
The need to give a visual form to specific feelings and their resolution brings the author to face them and give them a shape, albeit metaphorical. It makes her able to free herself from that weight. For this reason, the images take on different meanings, becoming symbolic translations of feelings, moments of anxiety and comfort, uneasiness and quiet. When we begin to recognize our emotions while we are in the throes of emotional suffering we are already on the way to recovery and it allows us to welcome our feelings with some degree of awareness.
Documenting a shamanic rite towards emotional healing and personal growth, the images dance between the subtleties of every day and bring the spectator the comforting feeling of a healing ritual passing by an intricate and often rough path like rock, with the presence of shaded areas, where the cause of the problems and the key to solving them are hidden.
Sanarás mañana, she repeats to herself, and there will be no more reason to live this “sad melody”.