[A]rt directors Danil Golovkin and Masha Mombelli have combined creative forces for an alternative art editorial that celebrates the sculpted, muscular bodies of Moscow’s bodybuilders. Highlighting classical beauty as well the dedication and routine required to achieve their physique the series of images, entitled Modern Heroes, sees photographs of male and female boydbuilders paired with Ancient Greek sculptures, which showed a similar reverence for physical strength.
As Masha points out in the artist statement below, the technological revolutions of the past decades increasingly render strength as aesthetic rather than a byproduct of essential physical labour.
“The Ancient Greeks left us with images of gods and myths of heroes. In a modern world dominated by technology, physical strength once again feels like a heroic act in itself.” – Masha Mombelli