Iustitia Fluctuans

Le boudoir de la Deesse

The installation Iustitia Fluctuans embodies the two great themes of Art and Justice, and alludes to a possible combination and interpenetration between the two. Justitia Fluctuans alludes to the perception of the sense of Justice as a Blindfolded Goddess unable to give true justice and protection, a figure distant from Man and often self-satisfied, immortalized here in her hypothetical boudoir

In the central painting, the portrait of the Blindfolded Goddess, revisited compared to her classic iconography, appears at the same time hieratic and lewd, while the representation of the scales, usually held by the Blindfolded Goddess as a symbol of fairness and impartiality of judgment, is portrayed by the image of two women, seen from behind, who ironically contend for pink handcuffs.

Next to this central image, there are two rows of small wooden tablets lined with the paper of an ancient civil code where the photographs of bodies seem to be reading. These seem to represent small study cells or small tablets of the law where the figure who reads represents the doubt which one encounters in the interpretation and application of the norm, the difficulty in accepting the norm itself and making it one’s own, whether it is an ethical, moral or religious norm.

The scales and the sheets that fly through the air lead one to understand how only the world of the ideal, of utopia, of civil solidarity can aspire to absolute Justice. So too, the handcuffs attached to the chair suggest a form of play and irony that underlies the image of justice that is not an end to itself but ironic, human and current.

However, the deeper sense of the work wants to suggest how there can be no true Justice without Humanity. The Blindfolded Goddess, and therefore Justice, to be righteous must “get dirty” with Humanity. The union between Art and Law, Creativity and Law is the emblem of this utopian vision. The use of the self-portrait shows the link that the author has with the legal profession and indicates an intimate autobiographical connection to the theme of the project.

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