Number seven is sacred and powerful. Pythagoras, the father of numerology, considered seven as the most spiritual of all the numbers. Seven is the number of divine perfection. Seven are the colors of the rainbow. Seven are the notes of the diatonic scale. There are seven ancient wonders of the world, seven days of the week, seven letters in the Roman numeral system, seven arts, and seven heavenly virtues.
According to the Catholic Church, a virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. When Pope Gregory defined the Seven deadly sins, he also included a counter-balancing set of values, in a way to protect one against temptation from the deadly sins. The seven virtues are:
For this exhibition, seven photographers were invited to create a photo, each of them representing one of the seven virtues. This is the second exhibition focusing on the symbolism of the number seven, that started with The Endless.
The title of the exhibition was inspired by the homonymous song from the anime “Elfen Lied”, with lyrics in Latin and based on Biblical passages and the Renaissance hymn “Ave mundi Spes Maria“.
Lilium symbolizes purity and chastity, which is one of the 7 virtues – opposite of lust. This is why the Archangel offered a lily to Mary during the Immaculate Conception.
A special thanks to Silas Merlin, who accepted the challenge to add a mirror effect to one of his 3D sculptures, collaborating, this way, with the project.
Opening: Friday, September 8