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THERE IS ALSO A UTOPIA MADE FOR ERASING BODIES. THIS UTOPIA IS THE LAND OF THE DEAD, THOSE GRAND UTOPIAN CITIES THAT THE EGYPTIAN CIVILIZATION LEFT BEHIND. WHAT IS A MUMMY AFTER ALL? WELL, A MUMMY IS THE UTOPIA OF THE BODY NEGATED AND TRANSFIGURED. THE MUMMY IS THE GRATE UTOPIAN BODY THAT PERSISTS ACROSS TIME. THERE WERE ALSO THE GOLDEN MASKS THAT THE MYCENAEAN CIVILIZATION PLACED OVER THE FACES OF DEFUNCT KINGS: UTOPIA OF THEIR BODIES, GLORIOUS, POWERFUL AND SOLAR, OF A TERROR DISARMED. THERE HAVE BEEN PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES, TOMBS, THOSE RECLINING STATUES THAT, SINCE THE MIDDLE AGES, PROLONGED IN IMMOBILITY A YOUTH THAT CAN NO LONGER PASS AWAY. NOWADAYS THERE ARE THOSE SIMPLE MARBLE CUBES, BODIES GEOMETRICIZED IN STONE, REGULAR FIGURES OF WHITE ON THE GREAT BLACKBOARD OF CEMETERIES. AND IN THIS UTOPIAN CITY OF THE DEAD, SUDDENLY MY BODY BECOMES SOLID LIKE A THING, ETERNAL LIKE A GOD.

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PHOTOGRAPHY ANDREAS ROED
ART DIRECTOR ARTUR SOPIN