Ecce Homo by Evelyn Bencicova
In the “Ecce Homo” series by Berlin based photographer Evelyn Bencicova, inert faceless human bodies lie nude on the floor or on different objects, becoming part of them or forming new structures together.
The series is named after the Latin, ‘behold the man’, of religious origin, being the words of Pontius Pilate to the Jews after Jesus was crowned with thorns (John 19:5), which as a Biblical motif refers to violence and war. However, we do not see violence in this conceptual series, but in some perhaps the consequences of such actions.
The strange uncomfortable positions of the depicted bodies, as well as the way they are intertwined, express powerful emotions, sometimes of suffering, of distress and human fall, moments when one has to reach out to others in order to stand. In this regard, it is interesting that no character is presented alone, that each one needs the other to support himself.
The spaces where the bodies lie naked and helpless, some resembling a hospital, seem deserted and offer a sense of emptiness and lost hope, suggesting a comment on human condition today.
All images © Evelyn Bencicova