Desire: EROS VERSUS THANATOS
According to Freud our life is played out in two different, opposing forces. One of them, Eros is the drive for sex, love and self- preservation, whereas the other is known as Thanatos, the drive for death and self- destruction. It is the yin and yang of motivations and urges. Put simply, Eros wants us to live and struggle through with pain and suffering; Thanatos prefers to end it all with death, the equalizer, the dark force, the state of constant peace, calm and rest. !Many of us are in denial about our dark side and regard ourselves as utterly good. Consequently we often close up to all that could pose a threat to our false sense of security; we are paranoid about anything that might set off the “sinful” and “harmful” thoughts within us and strictly avoid sex.
Yet the dark side within is undeniably part of human nature; we cannot deny its existence, nor fight against it ; all we can do is accept and embrace it so it doesn’t creep up and hide behind our thoughts and make us do horrible things.
However, The line between sanity and insanity may be much thinner than we may think. Mostly, it may be carried out in the restricted area of our subconscious.
The neurotic is obsessed with their thoughts and actions; the psychotic is losing or has lost control of the flow of thoughts and actions, while the sociopath is spontaneously acting out violence and getting pleasure from sadistic behaviour.
‘Most works of art, including photographs, unfold the extremes of desire and passion, carnal versus divine love, and draw a line between the paradoxical worlds of the Eros (the urge for self-preservation and sexual pleasure) and Thanatos (the urge for destruction or self- destruction) constantly present in them.’ (Perez, 2003)
Art Direction & Production: Tereza Bila
Photography: Naomi James
Styling: Anurak Donovan (Auk Homme)
Hair and Make-up: Tereza Bila
Model: Anna Sophie @ M&P Models