Religere

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Religere is an icon, like an almost Byzantine photograph in which thought is the true object of representation. The photo is a portrait of the artist from behind, naked, with a tail tied at three points. The tail represents the animal part that we have lost and refers directly to our primal instincts. 'Religere' is the Latin word for 'religion', the practice of binding. Thus, by tying the tail we actually control the animal part of us, we arrange it in order, we manage it. The work is a visual summary of the practice of religion as biopower, introjected in our most profound and animal part. The knots are an obvious reference to the Franciscan Order, symbolized by the tied cord of its habit.