Classical Standards

Classical Standards

Photography, pigment print, 1/5+1AP
55 × 55 (95 × 95) cm

This photo by Holger Loodus can be seen at his solo show “Reimagining Those Old Slopes” at Kogo gallery 6.02.-20.03.2021.

Some years ago, Holger Loodus travelled north of the Arctic Circle, where he witnessed Syrian refugees’ journey across northern Russia down into Europe. This experience inspired his exhibition “Journey to the End of the World” (Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, 09.09.-08.10.2017). By now, the experience of that time has acquired solid contours, and a high, man-made mountain with steep slopes has emerged, which resembles a purgatory.

“Reimagining Those Old Slopes” depicts a process in which the vision of the universe known from history demystifies and becomes a product aimed for the masses. Through his own eyes, the artist modernises the hill of purgatory created by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri at the beginning of the 14th century. Holger Loodus aims to look at how a mystical object loses its moralizing content to become an easily acceptable attractive design object. However, this process opens up completely new perspectives.

Read more about the exhibition and look the gallery here.