UN-IDENTIFIED

UN-IDENTIFIED is an ongoing series about the belief in alien species and how people construct their own world and perceptions. I am intrigued by how people deal with this belief on a personal, psychological and collective level.
The series is based on a personal experience I had at the age of 10 which triggered my passion for the subject and the curiosity to understand the psychology behind. The actual idea for the series started after visiting the International UFO Congress in Phoenix. I was impressed by the multitude of people attracted to this event and the secrecy surrounding the theme. It felt like entering a new universe, a subculture where spaceships, contacts by creatures from other dimensions, space travel and abduction are part of the believer’s reality, although seen as strange and with skepticism by outsiders.
Carl Jung once said that modern man projects his inner state onto the heavens. In a cyber culture, full of uncertainties, catastrophes and fears of the unknown, people are looking for a way to define themselves again and feel secure in a group of like-minded people. By giving the unexplainable a divine and supernatural character, they feel hopeful and at the same time chosen to be part of a sacred mission to disclose the truth.

The series has been exhibited for the first time at Athens Photo Festival in Greece (2019) and is part of Addis Fotofest in Ethiopia (2020).

I am currently working on a Photobook called Un-identified containing pictures, stories, archive material. The photobook will be published soon in collaboration with https://hydra.lat in Mexico City and has been made during their photobook program Incubadora de fotolibros.
 Peña de Bernal in Mexico is a UFO hotspot.
 The place of my own encounter at the Flemish countryside in Belgium.
 Jessica's abduction experience in Mexico City.
 Maité receives messages she signs with the name Anael, an archangel from Atlas, one of the Pleiades.
 Moles in the form of a constellation on Eduardo's arm. According to his mother the moles appeared after he had been visited by 2 beautiful aliens as a child.
 Whirlwind on the road in Texas. According to believers ufos hide inside.
 Raúl had an encounter with a UFO in 1997. Since that time he has vitiligo, a skin disease. His dog also changed color.
 Picture of UFO taken by Raúl in 1997, in Ocotlán.
 Senya is a German-algerian contacted who lives in Tepoztlán. This place is also called the UFO gasoline station.
 Chemtrail in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Chemtrails are one of the conspiracy theories of the believers.
 Painting of the message Miguel Ángel received when he was been visited by aliens.
 Asagi had a recurring dream about being on Mars when the planet got destroyed.
 Lenticular cloud in Tepoztán, a UFO hotspot.