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Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates 

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My beloved is to me a cluster of blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.

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But my own vineyard is mine to give;

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My beloved is like an apple tree. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.

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 Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb. 

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my own vineyard I had to neglect. 

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I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have drunk my wine and my milk.

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The fig tree forms its early fruits. Arise, come my darling;

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About

“Canticum canticorum meum” is a serie of photo triptychs directly inspired by excerpts from the Old Testament’s “Canticum canticorum Salomonis” (Song of the songs of Solomon). 

Written around the 3rd century century BCE, the “Canticum canticorum Salomonis” is thought to be an allegorical representation of the relationship between God and the believers. However, far from talking about faith and spirituality, its literal subject is the physical love between a man and a woman. “Canticum canticorum Salomonis” takes the form of a dialogue between the two lovers expressing their sexual longing: from the courting to the consuming of their passion. 

When reading this text, Kosmatopoulos noticed that within the sensual praising, yearning and invitations to enjoy, the glossary of physical touch was strangely missing. Rather than using crude words and objective descriptions, the two lovers preferred to play with enchanting metaphors about fruits and other delicacies pleasant the mouth to describe their sexual intimacy. Each sentence was inviting us to use our own imagination and engage our senses to grasp its true meaning. 

“Canticum canticorum meum” represents the artist’s personal imaginary journey thru that biblical text ; a journey where she and her life partner become its main characters; a journey where the grapes, apples, figs, pomegranate, milk and honey from its erotic metaphors act as a bridge between two worlds: literal and abstract, touch and text, skin and paper. Each triptych starts with the hand of one of the two real lovers touching an aliment and ends with the same hand touching the word that signifies that aliment. Framed between them, lays the heart of the erotic metaphor where the hand, transformed into the food itself, finally comes to touch a part of the other body. 

Exhibition

2021    

CARESSING WALLS  |  APICK GALLERY  |  TORINO, ITALY