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Dmitri Zudov | St. Febronia

12 agosto 2013

Martyroterapia – a collaborative art project
by the artist Dmitri Zudov and The Execution of Music
is based on the legends of early Christian martyrs.

Martyroterapia consists of sixteen Dmitri Zudov’s paintings and sixteen songs and poems and a sound installation by The Execution of Music.

The paintings depict female virgins who were tortured and executed because of their faith. The oil diptychs display the naked bodies of the immaculate saints bigger than life-size. The viewer can turn a part of the diptych to expose a torture tool on the back side of the canvas and in doing so to “break” the painting. By turning the diptych back to its original form he or she can then “heal” the broken body of the martyr.
Hence the name “Martyroterapia”.
The viewer can turn a part of the diptych, and in doing so, to “torture” or “heal” the martyr.
The first Martyroterapia exhibition with all sixteen paintings was held in the contemporary art centre Proekt_Fabrika in Moscow in Jan – Feb 2009.
Some of the works were exhibited at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in May 2010.
The Execution of Music also performed there before an enthusiastic crowd and media at the International Night of Museums.

Dmitri Zudov,  St. Febronia  olio su tela, 2007

Dmitri Zudov,
St. Febronia
olio su tela, 2007

Speechless
(a song for Febronia)

I’m speechless
My soul it sings

I’m speechless
My soul it sings

I’m muted
mutilated
My soul it sings

Music
My mother tongue
My mother told
to sing along

I’m muted
mutilated
My soul it sings

(Lyrics by Poesiloe of EXEofM)

A Brief Summary of the Tale:
When the nuns in the convent heard that the pagan soldiers were coming to get them they went hiding. But sick Febronia and two other nuns who were nursing her were left in the convent and the soldiers took young virgin Febronia with them. They tried all kinds of torture methods to get her to pray for their heathen gods, but sick Febronia was too tired to get a word from her mouth. The torturers got fed up with that and cut her tongue off with shears. She still didn’t speak, so they cut her breasts away too. And her arms and legs. After her throat was cut she died. She was buried in the convent.

Attribute: Shears

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