My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

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Stations of the Cross, St Stephen Walbrook, London, 2017
Stations 2020, Arts Chaplaincy Projects, 2020

Laura Moffatt, ‘Stations of the Cross and Resurrection’, Art & Christianity, No 90, Summer 2017
Muriel Zagha, ‘From Psycho to Transcendence’, Elephant, 2017
Stations of the Cross | Stations of the Resurrection, Stations 2017, catalogue, ISBN 978-1-5272-0874-2s 

from the series Stations of the Cross

© acknowledgements:
Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie) (1980) 
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Rose Royce) 

Commentary by Lucy Newman Cleeve for Stations 2020

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross

This title references the last words Jesus spoke on the cross before he died, themselves appropriated from Psalm 22. At this moment in the narrative, Dean resists incorporating a figure, to signal his avoidance of representing the death of God. Instead, he appropriates the title sequence of Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie) aka Slow Motion aka Every Man For Himself (1980), by Jean Luc Godard. The puns in the text ‘Un film compose par Jean Luc Godard, Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie), Copyright 1979 Sonimage’ are explicit, referencing God in the director’s name and the image of the Son in the copyright notice, which is flagrantly flouted.

The credits roll over a vast expanse of cloud filled sky, suggestive of Jesus’ view from the cross, and a visual reference back to the composition of the first Station, indicating that Jesus’ death sentence has now been executed. The soundtrack is a short looped extract from ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ by Rose Royce, which includes a rising and falling string section layered over a repetitive synthetic beat, producing in this context the effect of a nail being hammered into wood.