Semana Santa – Sevilla, Spain.
"I cannot accomplish the movement of faith; I cannot close my eyes and fling myself without a glance into the abyss of the Absurd."
I was in #Andalusia for the #SemanaSanta, following tens of #processions, day and night. Thousands of believers walking after floats and elements of #Catholicism. Thousands waiting hours to watch them passing by. It’s an incredible event, that roots in the middle age and goes on in every city in #Spain the week before #Easter.
A gallery within a bigger gallery I am working on. This chapter puts an emphasis on movement but has a focus on the #eye.
#Movement is used with the several layers of its meaning, to create a narrative that drifts away from a pure documentary work and aims to emphasize some key elements:
It's the movement that takes this slow queues of penitents along the
street of #Seville.
It's the interior movement that takes people's faith to endure in excruciating marches.
It's the symbolic movement to hide sins. Everyone seem to be going, escape, run. But the eye is there, stays focus, it's visible, reveals.
#HolyWeek (Semana Santa) is the annual tribute of the Passion of #JesusChrist. Almost every #Spanish city during the last week of #Lent, just before Easter, has #brotherhoods performing #penance
#Confraternities (Cofradias) leave their home church to walk to the Cathedral then walk back to their starting point.
It's main graphic, theatrical element, are the #nazarenos: men and women in penitential robe. This garment is made of a tunic, a cloak and a hood with conical tip to conceal the face. The robe allows wearers to demonstrate their penance while masking identity.
Each #procession follows a rigid structure, it's opened by a hand carried #cross, has 1 to three floats (Pasos) depicting scenes from the #gospel and is followed by a number of Nazarenos, from tens to thousands that march in silence carrying processional #candles. Along the march viewers gather to observe, pray and applaud.
These photos are copyrighted, it's OK to repost and mention within Instagram. Write to me, do not reuse without written permission.