Our technologically-obsessed society often finds it hard to grasp the reasons behind asceticism: for what reason should one forsake all of one’s earthly possessions and live excluded from society? This stunning set of portraits by Brooklyn-based photographer Joey L puts us face to face with religious ascetics who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.
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U.S.-based artist Anila Quayyum Agha has created a stunningly intricate piece of installation art that covers the room it’s in with beautifully patterned shadows. Her installation work, entitled “Intersections,” consists of a large suspended cube made of wooden panels with intricate geometric patterns. A lightbulb in the center illuminates the structure from within and casts its shadows on the walls around it.
Religion and war have always been mixing and closely related throughout history. Missouri-born artist Kris Kuksi took notice of this connection, repeating itself throughout history, and decided to unveil it in his Churchtanks sculpture series. By creating the juxtaposition between the classical world and the modern war gear, Kuksi transforms the houses of worship into tanks, blending the two structures smoothly and seamlessly.
San Francisco-based sculptor Al Farrow uses ammunition and firearms to build astonishing miniature churches, synagogues, and mosques. His religious architecture builds on his exploration of religious history and violence. Farrow’s choice of sculptural materials include deconstructed guns, bullets, glass, steel, bone, and found objects from antiquity, such as a vintage Torah cover and pieces of 16th century Italian velvet.