Limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. These are the nine circles of Hell. And this is the path Dante is destined to follow after Virgil leads him through the gate of Hell and the vestibule where the Uncommitted reside. Dante and Virgil join Charon on his ferryboat, crossing the river Acheron to Hell proper, but there is no recollection of this journey as Dante, being the only living being ever to make this voyage, was unconscious during the passage and does not wake up until they reach the other side. Once arrived, Dante and his guide find themselves at the bottom of Purgatorio, the mount that consists of concentric circles of sin that leads to the final terrace, which is the Eartly Paradise. Surrounded by the wailing and blasphemy of the damned souls, Dante starts his slow and painful climb through sin towards forgiveness.
The Divine Comedy, also known as Dante’s Division of Hell and Limbo is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and 1321, the year of his death. Considered to be one of world’s greatest pieces of literature, the poem offers an imaginative and allegorical vision of afterlife, describing the poet’s journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and Heaven (Paradiso), or the soul’s journey towards God. The full Comedy is composed out of 14,233 lines, but visual artist Damian Siqueiros was able to create a photographic representation of the story in a much more simplified way. Damian’s version of Dante’s Division of Hell and Limbo consists out of 13 spectacular photographs, portraying three warriors going through the different circles. The series is loosely inspired by the famous tale, but nevertheless as breathtaking as the epic story itself.
Even though it has been quiet some time since Damian Siqueiros appeared on BeautifulMag, one glance at these images brings you straight back to his earlier collaborations. Damian’s work stands out not only in the aesthetic beauty of his compositions, but also in the strong intellectual content. Damian creates visual stories as well as one of portraits. But no matter what, each image cconstitutes the aestheticized shaping of a struggle that is at the same time intimate and social. With his photography, Damian Siqueiros tries to provoke a dialogue between the art and the observer, asking us to question our own identities and behaviors.
Damian Siqueiros calls hismef a photographer and visual artist and a citizen of the world, amazed by a diversity of culture, thought and art. Damian was born in the North-West of Mexico, lived and studied in Paris and currently resides in Montreal, Canada. It is there where he envisions his art with his mission to incorporate a sense of social conscience that betters our life and our social environment in everything he creates. “I'm interested on how the identities of people evolve and how they perform on their environment,” Damian explains. “The point is not to judge these boundaries or structures, which are often disguised as tradition or morality, but the intent is to make the public have conscience of them. Within the topic of identity, and in general in my work, gender equality and gender diversity are especially meaningful.”
Damian Siqueiros moved to Canada a few years ago, after having finished his studies in Paris. Since then his career has seen many milestones. Damian has collaborated with international publications and amazing clients, such as Vogue Mexico, Elle, Esquire, Porrua and Les Grands ballets Canadiens of Montreal. His work has already brought his numerous grants and prizes, such as the Public’s choice Scotia Bank Prize 2010 in Montreal's Art Souterrain and his photography has been exhibited in museum and galleries in Mexico, Spain, Paris, New York (The Gabarron Foundation), Washington D.C. (Art Museum of the Americas), and Canada. Damian is a busy man and his future shines bright, continuing with some of my beloved collaborations with dance companies such as Cas Public and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens of Montreal. Needelss to say, BeautifulMag is proud to see Damian returning to its digital pages with his vision of Dante’s Divison of Hell and Limbo, especially shot for this edition. –BM-
BeautifulMag archive for Damian Siqueiros: Damian Siqueiros' Love and the Chronicles of Desire, a unique collaboration between Damian Siqueiros and BeautifulMag following the successful The Prophecy in October 2008:
- BeautifulMag HS | Chronicles of Desire
- Chronicles of Desire: Prologue | Chronos and the Gratiae
- 1st Chronicle of Desire | Oh Fortuna, Knights of Fortune
- 2nd Chronicle of Desire | The Prince and the Swan
- 3th Chronicle of Desire | The Cardinal and the Ephebe
- 4th Chronicle of Desire | The King and the Sculpture
- 5th Chronicle of Desire | The Trial of the Hetaeros
- Final Chronicle of Desire | Vanitas
- Chronicles of Desire | The Making Of
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