All posts tagged as Via Crucis

26May

We always do the right thing at the right time

Surge – Wake up, 2017

I tell you honestly: none of us has ever made a mistake or done the wrong thing.

And there is more: chance does not exist.

In this regard, I would recommend you the brief but illuminating reading of C.G. Jung’s essay on ‘Synchronicity’.

Even dying on the cross is not a fact that happens by chance.

It is notable in the 9th scene of the ‘Via Crucis’ the clear awareness of Christ: he falls for the third time under the cross’ weight knowing his death will only be a very short-lived event.

He is sure of it.

THE KINGDOM OF MAXIMUM SYSTEMS

The best system among the best strategies:

willing to resurrect is always inside us, and it’s not an exclusive prerogative of God’s son.

This is the realm of the infinite power system.

Halleluja.

TIME IS A MOCKING BEAST

Three days is enough to revolutionise one life, but the action of resurrection seems a more complex issue.

So I advise you to take the time you need, follow your instinct, and try because it’s worth it.

I AM THE PHOENIX

We are pushed to accomplish extreme actions in difficult times: the century’s coup, a trip to Mars, and some miracles here and there.

That is, the impossible.

An old advertising campaign for a well-known sportswear brand said: impossible is nothing.

I definitely agree.

Now I suggest a new slogan, ‘The phoenix in power’.

Until next

Daniela


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19May

Veronica, the ‘True Icon’

Tange me manibus – Lay your hands on me, 2017

Those who deal with anthroponomy (the science that studies personal names) have a very effective tool to better understand the nature of the one who bears that given name.

Who among you knows the meaning of his own name? And do you recognise yourself in it?

The person and the name I want to tell you about is Veronica, the woman who dried Christ’s face with a cloth in the 6th station of the ‘Via Crucis’.

Veronica means ‘the true icon’, the true image.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF ANOTHER KIND

Pretend for a moment being able to wipe the face of a death row inmate, suffering and in pain.

This face is a challenge; it is the perfect mirror where everyone can reflect on themselves.

A unique opportunity to look into each other’s eyes and have the most memorable meeting of our life; your face is my own.

THERE IS NO TIME TO LOSE

Today, some of us would have photographed this same scene, making a selfie to brag about.

Veronica does not want to miss this unique opportunity.

WHITE AND PURE, MACHINE WASHED

The most striking thing in this scene is the contrast between the sweat, the dust and the blood and that clean cloth Veronica uses to perform her love gesture for Christ.

She wants to look at that face, and she is not afraid to make her way through that angry and howling crowd.

LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME

Veronica is courageous and goes beyond: she wants to establish contact to touch the object of her desire with her own hands.

Thus finally, she and Christ will be united forever. Every situation, even the most painful, always shows a positive aspect, if we are willing to consider events with an open mind and Solomonic impartiality.

Until next

Daniela


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12May

A Sweet Lullaby

Mater et filius – Mother and son, 2017

Those born always have a mother, an inevitable fact for those who live on Earth.

The mother is a certainty. Despite being a unique story with exceptional protagonists, this story is no exception.

Jesus of Nazareth and his mother Mary pulverised the most scandalising couple made up of Oedipus and Jocasta for notoriety even among the laity.

The mother/child relationship is the most complicated because it is eternal and inevitable, which often generates very stressful situations.

YOU ARE STUBBORN, TRULY STUBBORN!

So imagine this scene (the 4th of the ‘Via Crucis’): a mother meets her son, who is about to be crucified, surrounded by an angry mob of Jews who mock and insult him. I believe Maria has always thought that her weird son was the most stubborn person in the entire universe.

A moody, rowdy and rebellious son is a real tragedy.

YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME

An even greater tragedy when you have done everything to warn him about the risks of certain behaviours and ambiguous acquaintances.

How many times does your mother have to tell you not to challenge the Sanhedrin and not to irritate the Romans?

It was all in vain; he doesn’t believe you.

EVERYTHING WAS FORESEEABLE

But what can you expect differently when you, his mother, do not even know your child’s father?

A life full of extreme situations can only end badly and in tragedy.

Everything was predictable, but everything will not be in vain.

THE MOST ADORED OF ALL

A mother is always adorable for her child, but Maria is more so.

Everyone loves it, and this situation is millennia-old; it is lost in the mists of time.

Many call her Mary, but we have always called her the Great Mother.

I CAN DO BETTER, MUCH BETTER

However, her son never deceived her; he never promised her anything he could not keep. He only wanted to do the best he could.

And Maria, amid the crowd’s cries on that dusty road, forgives him even for that last immense pain.

She will forever be an understanding and loving mother.

Until next

Daniela


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05May

Passion – Something to make your wrists tremble

Quod scripsi, scripsi – I wrote what I wrote, 2017

2017 was a challenging year for me. As it certainly has been for millions of people.

I had to deal with my creative passion and take yet another leap in the dark into a new, disturbing present.

Via Crucis – Passion of the Christ:the great kermesse of the son of man that represents the eternal experience of death and resurrection.

The perfect metaphor for that moment.

JUST ONE STEP AWAY FROM MADNESS

The ‘Via Crucis’ is a fundamental rite of Holy Week, consisting of 14 scenes.

Therefore it’s an ancient ‘performative’ art and, at the same time, an ‘ante litteram’ comic strip, or at least I mean it that way.

To create the 14 images of the project that I dedicated to it, I employed a technique for role-taking and complete identification: that of the ‘Spiritual Exercises’ created by Ignatius of Loyola.

This method aims to eliminate the distance between the person who practices spiritual meditation and its subject. If practised correctly, subject and object will overlap and merge inextricably.

A real madness.

A GOODBYE LETTER?

In the second scene, Jesus takes up his Cross. He has no regrets; he is ready to walk that path of pain, and nothing will stop him.

He did what he did. And he would do it again, forever. He wants to leave a trace, an indelible mark.

And the end of the story won’t be goodbye.

THE PLOWERS PLOWED UPON MY BACK: THEY MADE LONG THEIR FURROWS  (BOOK OF PSALMS 129)

Words have a ‘weight’ and a sound and graphic form. They are essential traces. Someone carries that words’ weight imprinted on his skin and flesh.

I represented it with signs written on paper. I wrote what I wrote, and I have not regretted doing it ( quod scripsi, scripsi ).

SE PAREBA BOVES, ALBA PRATALIA ARABA…

The sentence taken from Psalm 129 reminded me of one of the oldest texts of the Italian language, ‘The Veronese Riddle’ by an anonymous author dating back to the eighth or ninth century.

The parallel is evident: they both speak about plowed fields and furrows but of a different nature.

And in both cases, what matters most is the seed and the crop.

STANLEY KUBRICK, WHO ELSE?

I consider Stanley Kubrick one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. I could not resist the temptation to insert a quote, even if indirect, to one of his cinematographic masterpieces.

… ‘ All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy ‘…

Until next

Daniela


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