EROS & PSYQUE. A contemporary representation
The project revisits the emblematic myth of Eros and Psyche in Greco-Roman mythology.
"We believe in an imaginary order, not because it is an objective truth but because believing in it enables us to cooperate effectively" Yuval Noah Harari
Greco-Roman mythology was first created and transmitted orally and later in written form by white European men.
For this Project, one must seek a literal representation of the story as written by Apuleius in an environment that emulates a Renaissance “Locus amoenus” – underwater.
The idealization and placidity represented historically is confronted with a contemporary literal representation that evokes the aesthetics of classicism.
The myth, not only reveals an account of the cultural past, it is also an organizational and hierarchical paradigm represented repeatedly and “de facto” up to the present day.
It took me three years to complete this project - two years of photographic sessions and one year of conceptual course evaluation, which lasted until I was satisfied with its coherence.
At first, I was drawn to the metaphorical interpretation of Eros (as Art) and Psyche (the Human Mind). I was struck by the immense visual violence in the kidnapping scenes.
I then deduced that perhaps what is most important and interesting in a new artistic representation of the myth is to become aware of the relationship between the literal history and the representations of the artistic imagery.
The representation of the myth through fine arts, is usually, a pleasant idealisation of a loving relationship. It is depicted as romanticism without violence, evocative of pleasures and joy for both sides.
The text tells a story, which - today with human rights in mind - could be perceived more adequately as a tragedy of domination, power and subjugation, including abduction and non-consensual relations.
Eros and Psyque is defined as a "love story", one that by repetition, establishes itself in our unconscious by "priming" our memory,.
I seek to expose those myths and try to reveal the underlying message, to transform the stories and to give them a contemporary, more coherent reading, with a particular focus on diversity, human rights and some guidelines of our time.
Either we change the culture or it will shape us, for better or worse.