This photographic series highlights the presence of religion in daily life, religion is both as something sacred but also a root of repulsion. So my work plays between attraction and repulsion. JESUPERSTAR refers mainly Renaissance paintings which is deflect in pop and kitsch universe.
First, I recycle the symbolic codes of the Renaissance, for exemple the symbolic code of Virgin Mary’s blue dress , or Marie -Madeleine has always red hair. I was inspired by the classic iconography of Renaissance but I have deflect these references as some artists like Andre Serrano with his work Piss Christ. He tells that he uses photography as a painter used his painting « J’utilise la photographie comme un peintre utilisé sa toile » So,they are some similitudes with my approach. We have the clear idea about the physical of Jesus and yet nobody saw him, so with my pictures I’m playing with a black Jesus, a shaved virgin Mary for exemple , this is how I deflect the symbolic meanings.
Secondly , my characters stand on different color backgrounds : My photographic series begins with the color pink, blue and black and finally brown. This color choice has a symbolic meaning, the pink refers to childhood, blue for heavenly and divine condition, black shows the nothingness of death. Also, the artifice is deliberately asserted like the work of Cindy Sherman Untitled No. 224, which diverts the Bacchus of Caravage.
Through this series, I pursue many goals. I want to show how our representation of characters of Christianity is influenced by the iconography of Renaissance, even if the diversion that I do in my pictures is always possible to identify the main characters. Furthermore, I show the same time the pervasiveness of religion (we always recognize who is Jesus or the Virgin Mary) in a society where » God is dead » (it’s a quotation of Nietzsche ) (…even if he survives ! )
So I wanted to emphasize the ambivalent attitude of our society to religion, object of worship but also rejection with the mixt between sacred and desecrated that characterizes our nascent twenty-first century.