second draft - vie des hommes illustres

2020

Vinyl, steel, concrete

 140 x 80 x 2 inch (350 x 200 x 5 cm)

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second draft - histoire romaine

2020

Vinyl, steel, concrete

 100 x 110 x 2 inch (250 x 275 x 5 cm)

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second draft - antiquite juive

2020

Vinyl, steel, concrete

 100 x 70 x 2 inch (250 x 175 x 5 cm)

About

“SECOND DRAFT” is series of three photographs printed on large vinyl banners that look at the bias in the way History is written and the role of the people that do so. 

 

The artist took three text from Roman historians Plutarch, Flavius Joseph and Cassius Dio that describe Cleopatra and her relationship with Marc Anthony. The three text, all written after the death of both rulers, depict a very negative portrait of Cleopatra - the manipulative temptress that used her charms to manipulate every man including Marc Anthony -  a portrait that fit in the narrative of that time time that wanted to clear the betrayal the past Roman emperor by putting all the blame on his Egyptian lover.

 

Kosmatopoulos decided to give her own version of History by changing by hand all the subjective elements used in the Antiques texts to describe Cleopatra and turn the Egyptian queen into the strong intelligent and independent woman we want Cleopatra to be in modern history.