Bart Ramakers' Divine Comedy is a crowdfunding project for the lovers of photographic storytelling.
When the angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary present their daughter Jesus in Pluto and Proserpina's boudoir, hell breaks loose. Who has the say: Zeus, god, Pluto, Bastet, Guan Yin, Thor or Mephisto, all of them or none of them? What brings Jesus into the underworld and who wins the crown of thorns? What will be consumed during the heavenly Happy Hour and what about God's wife?
With A Divine Comedy, photographic master storyteller Bart Ramakers bends the New Testament to his will. He plays effortlessly with familiar mythological and religious themes to bring a new message of salvation in this globalized world. His heaven (and especially hell) are populated by a colorful multicultural pantheon of gods from Mount Olympus, the Egyptian Delta, the Norwegian Asgaard, India and China. They fight, drink, love, play and sing along, while Jesus and Mephisto have an exciting fight for the power. Do absolute good and evil exist? And if so, what will save the world?
Bart Ramakers' Divine Comedy is a feast for the eyes in eight scenes. As usual he spoils us with a sophisticated lighting, scenic colors, complex compositions and numerous references to the history of art, but above all: never before could you decipher such an exciting story on so many levels of meaning.
A Divine Comedy is a calendar and a series of art photos at the same time. Support the project on Ulule: ulule.com/divine-comedy