For this new series, Armando Frezze Durand uses as his starting point the Andean arcabuceros archangels, in order to reinterpret the traditional works of angels with childish faces, and, supplant them with new warrior angels from the new millennium.
The style of the military archangels was developed during the Colonial Period in South America. The American viceroyalty finds special roots in the Peruvian soil, where it joins with the pre-Columbian traditions of winged and feathered warriors, who, the Church Christianizes in order to facilitate the religious conversion of new believers.
History states that Aborigines in south America painted angels in the attire of those who had been taught to believe in them. These new celestial messengers are portrayed with what the photographer considers his evangelizing force, the nudity and the story of his skin.
To test a new conversion of the faithful, redefine the place of masculine beauty in this new cross between the new and the old world. It takes as a starting point the essence of the force in the attitude of these young people, their defiant image and crown them in the traditional hand carved cedar wood frames, to reinforce the concept of these symbolic syncretism.
The exhibition is comprised of 12 works made in studio and mounted on the traditional gold frames hand carved by the aborigines in Peru. The images are printed on canvas and then glued onto the wood and measure 46 x 56cm, 20x25cm, 33x43cm.
As an editorial support, 100 copies of an special edition book will be released with the photographs featured in the show, plus an expanded selection of the material
The oficial exhibition opening will be during the month of June in NYC and July in Berlin. Hope to see you all there!