Hermes Zygott was born in 1964 in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad, UDSSR).
lives and works in Moscow.
Poet and musician Hermes Zygott has submitted old, damaged Byzantine icons to a loving reanimation.
What Walther Benjamin described as the loss of aura here refers above all to the original artworks, which were previously elevated into cultic objects but are now elbowed aside by the technical reproduction of images in Modernity.
As icons have always defined themselves by being worshipped in their surroundings, Hermes Zygott tries to restore the aura of these neglected models technically and fetch them out of oblivion back into the focus of contemporary admiration: installed on colourful light-boxes, they now shine out, to the accompaniment of an electronic reinterpretation of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine, in a new – electrical – light.