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You wake up one morning haunted by images that describe commendable and miserable scenes. They appear in the same frame. Let me pose by providing some speculations.

The Whole project is based on these antithetical aspects of the human being: valuable and miserable.

These polarities belong to our behavioral repertoire. We tend to act positively and constructively. Yet occasionally, the negative and degrading side makes an appearance.

If a commendable act enriches us, then the miserable one shows us in our worse light. The latter should never go unnoticed. However, certain impulses prove to be problematic, making it difficult to manage. The miserable act occasionally wins the upper hand, and cannot be ignored.

The Whole project is an inclusive work. It embraces opposite polarities.

Combining divergent dimensions means assessing situations where we are called to identify our standpoint, even if it seems obvious to us at first sight.

We generally tend to see our best side rather than our worst and identify ourselves with commendable acts rather than the miserable ones. However, there is usually a miserable element latent in all of us. It can rise up from a hidden dimension and escape our awareness. It will appear when least expected. 

We may happen to find ourselves at the center of despicable events that steer away from our usual behavior. They may be so inappropriate that they undermine both personal and collective well-being. Such situations create an inner conflict that forces us to re-assess parts of ourselves and reconstruct a useful meaning as well as change our behavior and make it acceptable again. 

This implies integrating our strengths and the most insidious aspects of our personality into an organic and functional whole. This involves practicing so that these parts coexist in our mind and share a similar level of acceptance. 

At the same time, the Whole project represents the part of ourselves that we want to be and the part that we do not want to be: in other words, who we are.

These two polarities coexist within two distinct imaginary levels that are integrated iconographically in the Whole project.

The commendable polarity stands out in the foreground. It is a polychrome. This is our best side that we put forward and reaffirm every day. It is represented by a series of consequential images arranged like a chessboard.

The miserable part is positioned in the background. It is monochrome. This is the part of ourselves that we ignore despite its persistence. It is represented in a single image. It is wide and sits at the center of the picture. 

The title of each work presented in Whole refers to the image that represents the commendable part. The observer needs to choose the most appropriate word for the image that represents the miserable part.