When I first talked with Paloma in March 2017, she told me that she wanted to reinterpret ancient Olympia for a photoshoot. On a day in July, she invited friends over to the studio, and we dressed them up in sheets and isothermal blankets. Laura and me gathered objects such as bricks and mirrors and built a temple setting for our new gods and goddesses.
In Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. There were different kinds of human beings, male, female and androgynous, with both male and female elements. They walked both forwards and backwards and ran by turning cartwheels on their eight limbs, moving in circles like their parents the planets. As they were powerful and unruly and threatening to scale the heavens, Zeus decided to split them in half, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves. When we find our other half, we are 'lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy' that cannot be accounted for by a simple appetite for sex, but rather by a desire to be whole again, and restored to our original nature.
Photography by Paloma Lanna and Maria Gamínde