31. 3. 2021

English version | Kháos


Kháos was the first god to emerge in Greek mythology, says Hesiod in his poem Theogony (Genealogy of the Gods). One that has no anthropomorphic form and that is a symbol of the emptiness that precedes the creation of the remaining deities.

It's from this Kháos - or chaos? - that something new appears; it is from this kind of disorder that order is born, in a metaphorical entropy that transgresses and breaks up with the status quo as a fundamental step for evolution. And it is in this capacity to create something from nothing that one can speak of antifragility, a concept introduced by the author Nassim Taleb, that is the capacity to benefit or be (re)born from fragility: the inexistence seems fragile, but it is the blank canvas that gives birth to existence. The emptiness seems weak, but it is the force that makes everything - or the whole - grow. The saturation point looks like the end but it is actually the beginning for the transgression to happen; for rules, standards, conditions to be broken; and the future, novelty, innovation to be created. You just needs someone that from here - chaos, fragility, emptiness, disorder - makes a revolution in order to create evolution. Photography by Ricardo Santos. Styling by Larissa Marinho.

*Translated from the original on Vogue Portugal's The Forbidden Issue, published april 2021.
Full article and credits on the print issue.