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PARADISE LOST

PARADISE LOST

“Taste this, and be henceforth among the Gods thyself a Goddess.” _John Milton (1608-1674)

Paradise Lost, the epic poem of John Milton, describes humanity's fall from grace. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the temptation of Eve by the fallen angel Satan, who poisons God's newly created material world Earth, provoking the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

God created the World culminating in His most favoured creation, Adam and Eve, giving them total freedom and power to rule over everything, however He gave them one explicit command: not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of the Good and Evil, on penalty of death.

Adam and Eve had a full relationship while still being without sin. Satan, disguised in the form of a serpent, successfully tempts Eve to eat from the Tree by preying on her vanity and tricking her with rhetoric. Adam, knowing that Eve has sinned, commits the same sin. He declares to Eve that since she was made from his flesh, they are bound to one another ‒ if she dies, he must also die. In this manner, Milton portrays Adam as a heroic figure, but also as a greater sinner than Eve, as he is aware that what he is doing is wrong.

After eating the fruit, Adam and Eve have lustful sex. At first, Adam is convinced that Eve was right in thinking that eating the fruit would be beneficial. However, they soon fall asleep and have terrible nightmares, and after they awake, they experience guilt and shame for the first time. Realizing that they have committed a terrible act against God, they engage in mutual recrimination.

The photo exhibition of Brazilian artist NEYDE LANTYER reflects the very existential conflict of humankind, its solitude and the longing for reconciliation with something lost. The work refers to the fantasy of one "garden of delights", recreated by photographs mixing nature, pleasure and innocence.