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“Pieta” installation Vusal Rahim 2016 (2 videos, 2 min. each)

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Vusal Rahim explores the imagery of Michelangelo’s Pieta that depicts Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus. In the video work “Pieta” the artist becomes himself the subject taking the position of the Madonna of Sorrow holding in one video a male and in the other a female a naked body on his knees. Only their faces are covered with a red mask marking the transition from the material (mask) 
to the spiritual world (nakedness). Their bodies retain a poem by Jalil Javanshir talking about pain and grief of a dying person. By juxtaposing life and death, the spiritual and material, male and female Vusal Rahim’s Pieta not only becomes a visual portrayal of existential human suffering but also raises questions on the religious and social construction of gender