Vladlena Gromova – Pantheon

Vladlena Gromova


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The video is based on a text about Roman mythology, but the names can be replaced with the heroes from any contemporary religion. This description of a cult taken out of context can also refers to modern ideological structures. The announcer reads the text with bland intonation, giving identical weight to  information on death, Chinese recipes, or God. Meaning is reduced to  idle appearance. Vast landscapes shot from an airplane alternate with close-ups of the plane wing: are we reclaiming divine power or reaffirming terrestrial frailty? What is modern religion when anybody can view the Earth from Olympus’s godly heights?