Cultus Deorum
Curated by Zavier Ellis
Florian Heinke, Sam Jackson, Reece Jones, Eric Manigaud, Alex Gene Morrison, Gavin Nolan, Dominic Shepherd, John Stark, The Cult Of RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ
Saatchi Gallery, Prints & Originals Gallery, Duke Of York's HQ, King's Rd, London SW3 4RY
Exhibition Dates
October 1st – 27th 2014
The term cultus deorum was defined by Roman philosopher and polymath Cicero as 'the cultivation of the gods'. Approximately four hundred years before Emperor Constantine the Great's conversion to Christianity, this would refer specifically to pagan polytheism. Cultish codes have been a central component of all belief systems throughout history, manifesting themselves in various ritualistic guises. Prayer, sacrifice, offerings and ceremonial actions in relation to symbolic signs, dates and places, compounded by repetition, come to define any individual cult by its most essential process, that of worship. Each artist in this presentation investigates the cult drive as an important component within their general practice.