Yi Zhou is the most thrilling artist in circulation at the moment. Her reproduction of Dante’s Divine Comedy revisited through various art forms such as photography, videos, and sculptures, appropriately titled, Three Cantos. Her exhibition is an interactive journey through the play’s darkest moments as well as a showcase of the most splendid scenes that come to life before the viewer’s eyes like poetry in motion.
In Dante’s, Inferno, Yi represents hell with a video that pays homage to Lucifer, the angel fallen from grace. The video explores the angel’s fall and attempts to capture the viewer’s empathy for the angel rather and his tormented demise.
“The video was shot in the snow, last March. I built wings and I shot a scene of the downfall of God’s favourite angel. It’s supposed to have an intense impact, the cold of the snow on a naked body. It’s a very physical image, very different from the frigid computer sequences that I usually create.”
Paradise on the other hand is portrayed as a meadow of large roses with a peaceful setting. When viewing the image one can’t help but to be hit with a sense of tranquility.
“Re-reading Dante’s Paradiso, I noticed how it was described as a place where angels flew in circles like bees, that is how I got the idea of creating giant roses to represent Paradise.”
Never before has Dante’s masterpiece been interpreted in such a novel manner. The exhibition can be visited at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence until September, then part of the exhibition will be moved to New York City in 2007. Whether you’re a fan of Dante or if you’ve never read a word of his famous work, this exhibition won’t leave you unsatisfied. You can see some of the exhibition or other works from Yi at the following site.