Fitosacra is a botanical gravure compilation of the vegetables species named in The Bible. Some of them are recurrent as the fig tree or the olive tree, which have always had a sacred eco and which have a heavy symbolic weight in the text. Other ones appear just one time, like the calamus, and many others are impossible to identify because they appear with common and inexact names like brambles or nettles. Finding an image from each species is an arduous task, and in fact, it is almost impossible to determine exactly which common name in The Bible refers to which particular scientific species that could have existed in the Holy Land between 900 AD and 100 CD . These names have also been translated uncountable times.
“Life, my dear, is a great seduction in which everything alive seduces itself.”
This is why this compilation is a fiction, or a personal collection. The vegetable landscape I gather together here can approach with an encyclopedic spirit more of less to the witness Bible flora. Here I collect 96 plant species, each one which an example of a versicle where you can find it named.
This investigation is related with another photography archive of plants found in sacred places as churches or cathedrals. This creatures acquire a double vitality that I can not describe yet in these spaces, between this walls, between this pages. Hierophany from which you can not escape easily, because “life, my dear, is a great seduction in which everything alive seduces itself.” Clarice Lispector.