Iceland, August 2018 Photo By: Joe Carrotta

Iceland, August 2018 Photo By: Joe Carrotta

For Andean people, pilgrimage to sacred sites is an act of veneration. These sites are called “Wak’as” in Quechua. It’s said that each person also carries with themselves a Wak’a, our navel, which is the scar left from our severance from Pachamama (Mother Earth or Space and Time). This implies that at birth we are also initiates to a pilgrimage which reveals our true nature, a journey inward across the not yet illuminated landscapes of the soul’s journey.

My journey began in the Bolivian Andes. It has spanned 3 continents thus far and has been marked by events leaving scars on my body. I began seeing my body also as a map where I can retrace my insights and re-member my self, put myself back together. In this way, an ancient ritual revealed itself to me which begins at breaking skin. A practice which has lead me to find a passion in what turns out is a long tradition expressed through universal, yet distinct sacred practices and myths which I explore in the writing and the artwork that you will see documented here, as well as my profession as a Body Piercer.