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SHOW + TELL: Massimiliano Corteselli

Work from our last call was presented during the SHOW + TELL. Berlin-based photographer and photographer Massimiliano Corteselli talked about Contrapasso, a work in progress.

(Photo: from Contrapasso, an ongoing project by Massimiliano Corteselli)

Massimiliano Corteselli

And thus, in me one sees the law of counter-penalty” (XXVIII, 142) – From The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.

“In Inferno, the first part of The Divine Comedy, Dante sets out on a journey through hell with the Roman poet Virgil, meeting deceased people from the history books as well as people he knew personally. These individuals suffer eternal punishment by a process either resembling or contrasting with the sin they committed. […]
In Contrapasso I create an analogy between Dante’s Inferno and the wildfires in the Mediterranean region and reinterpret the climate crisis as a divine punishment.
In the modern, globalized world the relation between cause and effect is not always clear. It’s becoming more important than ever to think about the way our actions as human beings unleash a vicious cycle of causality, that will eventually come back to plague us.” — Massimiliano Corteselli

Massimiliano Corteselli is an Italian-born photographer based in Berlin. After studying history at Humboldt University, he is currently attending Ina Schönenburg’s graduating class at the Ostkreuzschule. His content ranges from the reappraisal of personal experiences, and his own body perception, to questions about home and identity, which he always explores with an associative and very subjective approach.