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     PART I - NIL ADMIRARI     Idem velle, idem nolle, ea demum firma amicitia   (To want the same and not want the same, makes a firm friendship)  as quoted by Sallust in the Catiline.   What a shameful intrigue as Kierkegaard makes an interesting interpretation of the such when put in relation to one’s self. Are you your own friend?   One gets bored eating of silver   so then one eats of gold   One is Europamüde   so then one goes to America   “One burns half of Rome, to get an idea of the configuration of Troy”    An idem per idem    It’s always the same.                        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     PART II - LETHE               Whether the Lethe river of Hades flows amongst us, I do not know. For those who don’t know though, the Lethe river was one of the five rivers of the Underworld, infamous for its properties of bestowing oblivion and forgetfulness upon those who drank from it.   Regardless, I am tempted to make one claim: we are oblivious of that which rules us. Whether it’s your heart, your mind, your responsibilities, your faith or your morals — you are lead by one or all of them.  Like when you keep going on dates with different people   and you feel they may be different   and maybe some are  either smarter than the rest  more attractive than the rest  more spontaneous perhaps  but   at the end of the day  regardless of these minute differences  they’re all the same when it comes to the common thread of   emotional unavailability for example      or maybe with every relationship  regardless of what type of relationship that is   you’re  the one that’s hoping that  maybe this time  you're  the that will be different  that maybe this time  you’ll be the one that’s changing  and will be more open and vulnerable  and won’t self-sabotage  yet by the end of all  you’re the same as in every other       or when you keep making new friends  and some may be more supportive than others  or nicer  or more resourceful   they share the common thread of an inferiority complex  and keep putting you through endless cycles of senseless competitiveness   like putting you down through small yet hurtful comments   etc...              

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


               

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     You live in repetitive cycles and patterns lead by these false ideals. Ideals ingrained from either mass corporations, religion, family, blind love, ethics…  You are doomed to repeat yourself.            Now I completely understand the premise: “change happens all the time, so how are we repetitive?”, but, although change may occur, it is only a change of lanes, not of paradigms. As Camus put it in “The Myth of Sisyphus” (man doomed for eternity to roll a stone up a mountain, amounting to a meaningless existence), we too as Sisyphus, are doomed to echos and instant replays.      So my question is,   can we escape our patterns and cycles?   or are we doomed to repeat ourselves for eternity?                           

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


               

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       PART III — PROMETHEUS         Fire and blind hope were Prometheus’ dubious gifts to us. We hope that our lives will amount to something; we hope we’ll find our soulmate; we hope we’ll be successful; we hope things will be okay; we hope that the next partner we have will be different; that the next friend we’ll have will be more supportive, etc      at the end of the day  they’re not  because, all of the things that make up our lives  fit within our carefully designed patterns.      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


                      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       And so we tattoo ourselves blindly with different meanings and objections, and then wash ourselves of them and tattoo new ones everyday. But the past will always dictate the future, and every new tattoo we make, will always dictate the next one we’ll wash away.        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       

Photos, Edits & Styling & Concept: Alexandra Roman 

 
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PART I - NIL ADMIRARI  

Idem velle, idem nolle, ea demum firma amicitia

(To want the same and not want the same, makes a firm friendship)

as quoted by Sallust in the Catiline. 

What a shameful intrigue as Kierkegaard makes an interesting interpretation of the such when put in relation to one’s self. Are you your own friend? 

One gets bored eating of silver 

so then one eats of gold 

One is Europamüde 

so then one goes to America 

“One burns half of Rome, to get an idea of the configuration of Troy” 

An idem per idem

It’s always the same. 

 
 
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PART II - LETHE

 

Whether the Lethe river of Hades flows amongst us, I do not know. For those who don’t know though, the Lethe river was one of the five rivers of the Underworld, infamous for its properties of bestowing oblivion and forgetfulness upon those who drank from it. 

Regardless, I am tempted to make one claim: we are oblivious of that which rules us. Whether it’s your heart, your mind, your responsibilities, your faith or your morals — you are lead by one or all of them.

Like when you keep going on dates with different people 

and you feel they may be different 

and maybe some are

either smarter than the rest

more attractive than the rest

more spontaneous perhaps

but 

at the end of the day

regardless of these minute differences

they’re all the same when it comes to the common thread of 

emotional unavailability for example 

 

or maybe with every relationship

regardless of what type of relationship that is

you’re the one that’s hoping that

maybe this time you're the that will be different

that maybe this time

you’ll be the one that’s changing

and will be more open and vulnerable

and won’t self-sabotage

yet by the end of all

you’re the same as in every other  

 

or when you keep making new friends

and some may be more supportive than others

or nicer

or more resourceful 

they share the common thread of an inferiority complex

and keep putting you through endless cycles of senseless competitiveness 

like putting you down through small yet hurtful comments 

etc...

 
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You live in repetitive cycles and patterns lead by these false ideals. Ideals ingrained from either mass corporations, religion, family, blind love, ethics…

You are doomed to repeat yourself.  

 

     Now I completely understand the premise: “change happens all the time, so how are we repetitive?”, but, although change may occur, it is only a change of lanes, not of paradigms. As Camus put it in “The Myth of Sisyphus” (man doomed for eternity to roll a stone up a mountain, amounting to a meaningless existence), we too as Sisyphus, are doomed to echos and instant replays. 

 

So my question is, 

can we escape our patterns and cycles? 

or are we doomed to repeat ourselves for eternity? 

 
 
 
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PART III — PROMETHEUS 

Fire and blind hope were Prometheus’ dubious gifts to us. We hope that our lives will amount to something; we hope we’ll find our soulmate; we hope we’ll be successful; we hope things will be okay; we hope that the next partner we have will be different; that the next friend we’ll have will be more supportive, etc 

 

at the end of the day

they’re not

because, all of the things that make up our lives

fit within our carefully designed patterns. 

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And so we tattoo ourselves blindly with different meanings and objections, and then wash ourselves of them and tattoo new ones everyday. But the past will always dictate the future, and every new tattoo we make, will always dictate the next one we’ll wash away. 

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