These images were not intended to be read as a short course in the most important story in Christianity. But on the occasion, and since they present classic elements of the representation of Passion: A contemporary ABC in Passion iconography.
Purple. The colour of royalty, power, transformation. Of Lent. One figure is slightly separated, confronting the viewer. These are figures in an intermediary state, passaging between two places. Life and death, here and there. Transforming/returning.
A sacrificial lamb, a cooling chamber, a slaughterhouse; presented by Mr. Hitchcock’s First Assistant.
That’s fiction. Fact: Roberto Cuoghi’s Imitation of Christ (2017), a female hand, an absent artist. Christ as crucified lamb. And the viewer killing with their voyeuristic gaze.
Christ, crowned by thorns and grieving. Above, Mary Magdalen, in long hair and lustrous red. The colour of incarnation, sin, the devil, love. Her Lover (pardon: friend) is taken from her, reaching out his hand once more – “Jack, Jack!”. She remains aside. What to await from a world that crucifies your lover? Resignation and faith.
The Messias [artist] is yet to return.
Mino Tristovsky is an Italian artist based in London. His images are characterized by an implied figure, halted suspense, and strong colour markings: a poignant green, red, blue; an orange. The photographs present a moment of encounter with the Unknown. The rest is up to you.
Information and images via Stallmann, Berlin/London, and the artist’s Instagram-account @loveoutcast.