Word to Form
Heraclitus theorised that the principle of existence was fire; Thales of Miletus thought it rather to be water. It is possible to make a synthesis of both theories and conclude that the cornerstone of the universe is nothing but contradiction.
Man is in eternal battle with himself, with his nature between the bestial and the angelical, between the illogical and the rational, between the self and the other. Durkheim spoke of the homo duplex, the ontological contradiction of man as an individual in a society.
Photography by Crystian Monfort
In these works I have sought to present beings in an even more tragic crossroads of contradiction: my interest was to display creatures whose very existence negates their very existence.
These are beings at war with themselves, a war where all victories cannot but prove pyrrhic: the Minotaur trapped in the labyrinth of his own mind, Medusa asphyxiated by her own snakes, Prometheus burning his own self in his quest for fire… every seed of life bears within itself the makings of its own destruction.