Rossina Bossio – The Holy Beauty Project Vol. 2
We’re please to give you an update on The Holy Beauty Project by Rossina Bossio.
When we first discovered Rossina Bossio and The Holy Beauty Project, we had asked her to stay in touch and keep us updated on preceeding volumes. She hit us back and asked if we’d be interested in taking part of the online premiere of Vol. 2, along with Medina Magazine and I Want You Magazine.
Our response? ‘hells yah!’
And maybe our eloquence isn’t so enthralling all the time. We have our moments, rare they may be. And here too, a rare moment in art, where the old ideas of tradition, in both religion and artistic medium, can be interpreted through a modern dance in futuristic outfits, summed up in a video, for which our attention spans have been conditioned.
Here’s what Rossina had to say about this installment:
As far as technical aspects, I performed in, and directed the video. Costumes were made in collaboration with Swedish artist Jonna Bergelin and music by Colombian musician NicolÃ¡s DÃaz Durana and Mexican sound engineer Leonardo De Neymet. Paintings were made by me.
Conceptually, the video is an extension of the paintings that sometimes appear in small flashes during the sequence. Going from the ‘static’ image to the ‘moving image’, the characters an ideas in the paintings become alive in the screen, they are “liberated” . They come out from the canvas to initiate a fulgurant and ambiguous dance, a dance that is a satire of feminine seduction and at the same time an homage to women.
The idea of movement is very important in this video; movement as change, movement of beliefs and values that once were considered true and now they aren’t. Physical and intellectual movement that sets you free…
The five characters [count 'em] symbolize different sides of women’s identity; they alternate stereotypical movements of feminine seduction, like the ones we commonly find in publicity adds, fashion magazines, pop music videos, etc. with hieratic poses and intense, ‘animalistic’ movements.
The costumes are inspired in the paintings and in certain elements of Latin-American culture. The main character wears a dress made of surgical gloves that remind us of feathers; the gloves also refer to the idea of altering or enhancing woman’s body through surgery or other devices such as the corset, girdle, bra, or even heels.
In the video, Glove-dress is symbolically ‘possessed’ by different feminine identities. This character is in conflict between what traditionally a woman should be and what she wants to be.
A very special thanks to Rossina. Everything you touch is beauty.
Stay tuned for the next one.