The Sky beyond the Gods

When we speak about Gods and Semi-gods, our mind immediately goes to ancient Greek and Roman culture, but humanity’s culture, behavior and existentialism has always been inspired by a vast Pantheon of divinities known today as champions, stars, influencers.
Just like their ancient predecessors, they are anthropomorphic beings whose public life fits in precise archetypal traits and roles. These role models have risen in the collective imagination, be it a beauty icon (Marilyn instead of Venus), a champion of brute strength (Mike Tyson instead of Hercules), or the invictus (Cristiano Ronaldo instead of Mars), public idol or a political leader, an Olympic or Red Carpet star, or the most lauded and popular superstar: Success-Victory (Athena-Nike).
Each of these expresses the “modus vivendi” of a strong personality, centered on the expression of its own ego, and that can often become a caricature. These primedonne feed on public consensus, on likes, fame, money and a need to continuously nurture their image, in a frenzy of unquenched thirst for prestige. They need fans, followers, and a vast and adoring audience.
The “rites” of these divinities are for the most part celebrated on TV, in adverts, on social media, in films and in stadiums. The priests of this new paganism never cease to remind us to worship our Appearance, our Bodies, in the name of Youth and Beauty. They tell us to dedicate our existence to ideals of health, in search of an unreal perfection or of a physical and interior purity that avoids any outer contamination (and hence, any relationships) with others of with the world.
These Gods and their priests never cease to encourage us to reach prestige, power, and to feel fulfilled only when success has been achieved.
If you take a good look, you will notice that these modern day idols are exactly like that: powerful and at the height of their youth, glamourous, unperturbed, endowed with great and undeniable talents; but above all, they are winners. Little do we care that they don’t resemble us in the least, so stony and inhuman in their incapacity to accept fragility or misgivings, inhabitants of a universe that stigmatizes defeat, frustration, impotence, old age, weakness or disability, all of which are a palpitating part of our human nature.
Society is unaware of the deep attraction that it feels for these iconic figures, which have become inspirational role models, imitated especially by the young.
Though it may be healthy for human beings to feel the need to overcome their limits and evolve, to distance the specter of illness and inevitable death, this can be achieved without losing the gift of empathy, nor the capacity to communicate and experience tenderness, of a real connection with others. Above all, it can be achieved without undermining, or worse still, denying those elements that are an intrinsic part of our nature – fatigue and frailty – for example – seeking instead to learn and sustain defeat as a means of growing.
This Photographic endeavor seeks to analyze all these aspects, to show how the Olympic reference can be transformed, or the alternative: there exists a SKY BEYOND, a different level towards which we should all turn our gaze. Even the gods themselves, at times, have looked to that sky, well above their heads and their sumptuous and elegant dwelling places, which are, just like their inhabitants, inadequate to house our normal human existence.
Even through a single image, this exhibition wishes to demonstrate that there exists, within the misgivings, the tenderness and the frailty, a form of human beauty .