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Eleison
ἐλέησον

Eleison is an Ancient Greek verb which describes the visceral and intimate Love a mother feels for her child. This verb gives its name to a collection of watercolors which depict this feeling inspired by pictures of migrant mothers. The splashes of color trace the desperation, the challenge, the fears, celebrating the deepest and most powerful Love of all.

Size:
10 watercolor, 41 cmx 31 cm
Completion Date:
December 2020
Tecniche:
watercolor and golden leaf

In the hands, in the eyes, in the gestures of the portrayed mothers, there is the history which runs through this love and there is love which runs through History. Their names are those of the cities in which they have been immortalized, as if this collection were a new geography.

Kilis; 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Kilis, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

Eleison is also the invocation addressed to Christ at the beginning of the Catholic and Orthodox rites. Mistranslated as “have mercy”, for millennia these two branches of Christianity have been asking the Kyrie for the quintessential feminine gesture: “Love me with a deep and visceral Love, love me as only a mother can”.

Even though Christe is a man, his love transcends genders. Eleison is perhaps the most feminine of loves and certainly the most absolute and radical one.

Dadaab 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Dadaab, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

It is in these difficult crossings, in this migration of human beings made dangerous by other human beings, that an enduring love must be told. Unilateral, unconditional, illogical and therefore invincible: Eleison.

Idomeni, 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Idomeni, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

Suruç; 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Suruç, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

Şanlıurfa, 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Şanlıurfa, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

Horgos 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Horgoš, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

Aleppo & 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Aleppo, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

Naf River, 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Naf River, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

Ma'arrat al-Nu'man, 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Ma'arrat al-Nu'man, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

Gevgelija, 41 x 31 cm, watercolor and golden leaf Gevgelija, watercolor and golden leaf, 41 x 31 cm, December 2020

The watercolors are inspired by photos of women immortalized by great photographers such as: Bulent Kilic, Chris Mcgrath, Fred Dufour, Spencer Platt, Armend Nimani, Sam Tarling, Muhammed Muheisen.