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Pavel Platonov –The Sword of Damocles


According to Greek legend, Panderingof the Dionysius I – tyrant of
Syracuse, Damocles exclaimed that Duonysius is a great man of power and authority surrounded by magnificence. Dionysius then offered to switch places with Damocles, so that Damocles could taste that very fortune first hand.

Damocles sat down in the king’s throne surrounded by every luxury, but Dionysius arranged that a huge sword should hang above the throne, held at the pommel only by a single hair of a horse’s tail. Damocles finally begged the tyrant that he be allowed to depart, because he no longer wanted to be so fortunate.
The Sword of Damocles is frequently used epitomizing the imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power.

Pavel Platonov

Pavel Platonov was born in Rostov-on-Don in 1991. He began to experiment with photography several years ago. Now he is a student of Architectural University and make installations with complex geometric objects.
Pavel partisipated in the exhibition of contemprorary russian photography – territories of Desire, which has been held in the frame of international photography festival Backlight 2011 Tampere Art Museum (Finland).

Damoclis gladius
FotoDepartament Gallery
Nevsky prospect, 20, 3 floor

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