Mythical Diary is a visual journey through the classical sculpture of Museo Archeologico
Nazionale di Napoli. It is a physical engagement with the marble bodies of myth.
Through his black and white photography, Luigi Spina disassembles the limbs of the sculptures,
emphasising their curves and hidden eroticism, humanising them to establish a dialogue with
A sculpture is the sign of eternal, unchanging beauty: the only real evidence of the many lives
that have passed and come to an end leaving a profound mark in the story of many other
existences. For Spina, with his own vision of sculpture, a statue of Aphrodite is not merely a
stereotypical portrayal of myth. In it are gathered the anxieties, dreams, hopes and joys of all
those who have set eyes on her and dreamed or studied her. In a way, classical sculpture is
profoundly present in our veins, in our very breath.
The project takes the form of an imaginary diary covering fifteen days. But this is only an
ephemeral period of time, a convention. The whole work developed over a period of days
and months amounting to years, always in contact with the circumscribed space made of
myriad lives and stories, which we call a museum.
In Mythical Diary, Spina attempts to make classical sculpture interact with the viewer's desire
to be a part of this ancient world that has always influenced our way of life, our culture and
our society, proving itself to be contemporary with any period.
Publisher: Five Continents Editions
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 1712 g
Dimensions: 346 x 281 x 24 mm