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For her evocative series Ecce Homo, Berlin-based photographer Evelyn Bencicova captures the straining human body, arranged in tight, uncomfortable quarters. The work’s title, derived from the biblical line meaning “behold the man,” unites it with a long line of art historical pieces depicting human suffering through the Passion of Christ. Here, the unnamed human figure, replicated many times over, is subject to mysterious oppressions and humiliations more gradual and anonymous than the crucifixion.

Stripped bare, the myriad bodies are assigned to cabinets, their limbs dissected by space. Their most private, sacred anatomies are examined without pity in sterile, lonesome places like perverse hospitals. Resembling lost wraiths desirous of warm, live flesh, they seek one another with unseeing desperation. As if fixed in cold, ancient marble, they are forever bound to one another, and in their enigmatical anguish, we discover moments of balance and symmetry, when the fiction of the photographic frame allows for a divine order that eludes us in the the chaos of reality.

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