To mark the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, I created DANTE PROJECT explored two directions ---- Installation (Sculpture) and Performance Art (length 3’53”) on the theme of "The Divine Comedy". I have reconstructed his epic journey through the afterlife by the force of contemporary art.
Source of Ideas：
The idea of the whole project originated from the 2nd cantica of The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio, but was erected in the contemporary art methodology. The Divine Comedy has given birth to various artistic traditions and currents historically and philosophically, such as artworks by William Blake, Auguste Rodin and Salvador Dalí. I intend to root sculpture paralleled with literature, music and contemporary dance.
Today's world is in chaos and predicament, with the pandemic, war, energy crises, and everyone's psychological uncertainty to varying degrees. I sought to provoke people to examine the current situation, in which the contradiction between the limited consciousness of human beings and the complexity of life is unavoidable. Philosophically speaking, there is no difference between the present and the period Dante lived 700 years before. So the theme would undoubtedly resonate with secular audiences in the 21st century. Therefore, my work expresses a philosophical view of human nature and a lofty ethical vision, not just a narrative of religious redemption or not had to have many relationships to the text.