The Drowned

“And likewise I would have thee know for certain Beneath the water people are who sigh”

Inferno/VII/117-118

Dante’s Inferno is a world of various landforms, lakes and rivers.

According to Dante, Lethe, as mentioned in Canto XIV of the Inferno, is a river near the Earthly Paradise where remorseful spirits wash away their guilt. In greek mythology, its waters have the property of making the souls forget their terrestrial past. It is the river of forgetfulness.

In I.Q. Project, it is evoked in the form of a series of 6 black and white photographs of souls abandoning themselves to the waters of the river. The last photograph of this series is in color, thus conveying ideas of appeasement, redemption.