What monster isn’t in some way misunderstood? A beast that kills is hungry like the rest of us. Those who are different are cast out, like Frankenstein’s monster, alone and lonely, unable to relate. In Jorge Luis Borges’ story The House of Asterion the first person narrator describes his house of endlessly repeating rooms and corridors. Anyone may enter this strange house but, while he claims not to be a prisoner, our narrator remains inside and alone. Once he left the house, and the people in the streets fell to their knees in prayer.
At the end of the story, Borges confirms that Asterion is the legendary Minotaur. But Borges has shifted our perspective to that of the monster: the Minotaur isn’t killing men out of evil, he’s delivering them from evil. Theseus doesn’t slay him in an act of heroism, he frees him, a redeemer. Death is the only way out of Asterion’s labyrinth and his loneliness.
There’s no need to guess what inspired this photo shoot by Igor Cvoro, which both quotes and takes the name of Borges’ great short story (which you can read, translated to English, here). The mysterious building the shoot is set at works as Asterion’s ancient house, the bull-horns on model Slobodan Babin feed into the Minotaur imagery.
Edgy styling by Jovan Stevanovic (who’s designs feature in the shoot along with those of Marta Miljanic and Vladimir Lazarevic) turns the visual narrative into a modern update on the classic story. Co-starring Jelena Surlan, you can view the full shoot by Igor Cvoro at the gallery.