Greek auteur, Yorgos Lanthimos joined forces with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele on the artbook Ωοτοκία (Oviparity).
Lanthimos, who has created otherworldly movies from Dogtooth to The Killing of a Sacred Deer, has gained a cult following for his unique and surrealist style inside his films.
Shot at the Leda Gallery of Villa Albani Torlonia in Rome, models are captured posing among Ancient Roman and Greek sculptures, dusted with white powder to “mimic the pallor of marble”.
“Having the actors and models interact with the environment, juxtaposed against these ancient sculptures and hundreds of years old walls felt very exhilarating,” Lanthimos explains. “The process seemed at the time like a rehearsal for a future play or the beginnings of a creation of a ritual that these people in the photographs would keep repeating for years to come.”
Ωοτοκία is distributed by London-based publisher IDEA Books, and is available at all of the publisher’s outposts, as well as Gucci Garden in Florence and Gucci Wooster in New York.
Check out the book here.