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Via Crucis/via passionis

The Latin word ‘passio’ has different meanings.

The most relevant are suffering, weakness and disease, strong and barely controllable emotions, unbalance of nature, and accidents. It also stands for the ‘Passion of Christ.’

I do not believe in any religion, but I find some interesting aspects to investigate.

The  Via Crucis is one of the most dramatic, cruel and bloody representations among those of the Catholic Church:

the tale describing the events that bring the suffering Christ on the cross and his end, the death of the Living God.

Fourteen images in almost every church show the human side of Christ’s nature.

I view them as a reflection of some aspects of humankind itself.

How do you make the experience of your humanity?

A story with such interesting visual and emotional characteristics evokes

vivid colours, loud sounds, and intense smells.

You can feel, see, hear and smell the violence showing itself in its triumphant entirety.

My images are like every passion: violent with vivid and disturbing colours, a considerable amount of contrast to make the lines sharp as a knife, hard lights, and expressive gestures.

To create these images, I destroyed the photographs, their original shape, appearance, and inner balance. With all the violence I detected in myself.

And I find the result punchy and quite disturbing.

Sometimes, the meaning of these photos could be more explicit. It appears just like a rebus or a puzzle, for me also. But in the end, being complicated is natural human behaviour.

The complications and the difficulties make us creative.

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