by JOIAH LUMINOSA

Cosmic Frenzy draws inspiration from a painting named ‘ Frenzy of Exultations’ by Polish artist Wladyslaw Podkowinski, completed in 1893. This painting depicts a nude woman with red hair, riding a wild black horse, symbolizing everlasting excitement. It’s part of an artistic movement called ‘psychologism’, where artists explore the depths of human psychology. During that time, frenzy was a common theme in art, literature, and philosophy, often seen as a disturbance of the mind, and a symbol of tyranny. Friedrich Nietzsche, a philosopher of that era, linked frenzy to a sort of freeing, nihilistic thought process, comparing it to ancient stories like those of Homer’s heroes. 

Frenzy of Exultations by Władysław Podkowiński, via culture.pl

This project connects frenzy to the vastness of our subconscious minds and the universe itself. The aim is to understand and find meaning in intense emotions, by looking back at the post-Napoleonic era, where frenzy was prevalent amidst the chaos. The story follows a woman’s journey from darkness to search for her frenzy. Starting in a dark place, she evolves into a realm of pleasure. Each character in the story represents different aspects of the human experience, like madness, lust, guidance, hope, and frenzy. Cosmic Frenzy is a surrealistic story that uses allegory to delve into trauma and personal experience. 

STORY

In the suffocating darkness, she battled denial and fear, haunted by the chains of her past. Trust eluded her, and only her inner voice echoed. But in the depths of her despair, desperation fueled her escape from unhealthy thoughts. Madness and lust, embodied by scolded and possessed young men, clawed the edges of her consciousness, seeking to strip away her fragile beauty. Yet she refused to yield, struggling will all her force to break free from their unbearable torment. Exhausted by the relentless assault of turmoil, she seeks solace beneath the sheltering branches of a tree. As she closes her eyes, she gently falls asleep. She feels herself slipping into the realm of her subconscious guided by the celestial presence of Jupiter, carrier of abundance and healing.  In her dream, she wakes up and sees guidance and hope approaching, embodied by a strong figure of light and a cute dog. Drawing closer, she notices that the glooming figure resembles an angelic sister. Full of love and light, they guide her toward her frenzy, shielding her from the shadows that threatened to obscure her path. With each breath, she felt the weight of darkness lifting, replaced by a sense of boundless freedom and possibility. As she entered into a dazzling new scenario, she found herself on a majestic horse. A powerful force carrying her toward the infinite expanse of the cosmos. In that transcendent moment, she embraces true liberation. Her spirit elevates to celestial heights, where darkness is no longer present. 


‘La Pietà’
Mardiana:
top SIMON AZOULAY
hand cuff LUDOVIC DE SAINT SERNIN

Itu:
full look ABODI

THE OBLIVION

Oblivious, lost in a black pit,
Suffocating sorrows, crumbling my spirit. Trapped once again in intolerable mist, The darkness here is truly unfit.

I pray to escape, but fall back in the twist,
Of terrible choices, trembling my wit. Unknown virtual noises, deep holes they reap, Inevitable digging past shadows of sleep.

I hear tormented voices scream from afar,
I kneel towards them, feeling their scars. Incoherent dramas voided in tears, Sweeping in horrors, transforming into fears.

‘CASANOVA’
Lust:
vintage corset via NUMERO13VINTAGE
skirt FAYÇAL AMOR via NUMERO13VINTAGE
necklaces CAS DEIÀ
trousers model’s own
mask stylist’s own
gloves photographer’s own
‘PHOENIX’
dress ABODI
earrings SIMON AZOULAY
necklace CAS DEÌA
collar stylist’s own
‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’
dress AOJIEROU

JOURNEY IN THE SUBCONSCIOUS

My eyes are burning from tears I’ve cried, Watering me, the void inside.
So I close them back, fall deep in sleep, Silencing noises that made me weep.

Profound are the breaths that calm my soul,
The deeper I go, the better it gets.
Escaping the demons that governed my head,
Away from the heathens that filled me with dread.

full look stylist’s own
necklace LUDOVIC DE SAINT SERNIN
‘GUIDANCE & HOPE’
Itu:
full look GIORGIO ARMANI

Mardiana:
dress BAUM UND PFERDGARTEN Fall/Winter 2024
armour top YELYZAVETA KOSTENKO

‘TROJAN HORSE‘
armour top YELYZAVETA KOSTENKO
dress as skirt J’AMEMME

FRENZY

The turbulence ended, Restoring its pace.
I traveled the mountains, That caused me the pain.

Embracing the cosmo, I ride to my path,
Of eternal liberation, Erasing the wrath.

TEAM CREDITS:
models MARDIANA VAN DER WIEL at FUTURE FACES AGENCY, ITU NUOLA at MODELS ROCK AGENCY
SUA EL GAGUI at MAX MEN MODELS , BOUDEWIJN MAIGRET at MAX MEN MODELS
creative direction, writer/poems JOIAH LUMINOSA
photography ALBERTO PELAYO at CAOS 18 AGENCY
styling MAREK BARTEK
hair and makeup MARJOLEIN VAN DIJK
photography assistant ALESSANDRO VERGATA
styling assistant LINDA SCHREITER
production assistant DIAMONIQUE OSEANA
hair and makeup assistant STIJN VAN DER PLOEG
set design LINDA SCHREITER & CLAUDIA AISA
location PARQ STUDIOS & VAN DIJK STABLES
special thanks to EVELINE VAN DIJK & CAOS 18 AGENCY