Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all
And& Leuven, May 2018
The spatial installation ‘mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’ makes the phenomenon of ‘self-reflection’ an experience. The artwork responds to the phenomenon of ‘being watched’ – a phenomenon that has become stronger within the growing digital and technological evolution.
Do we still look at ourselves, at who we are and what different identities we have? How can we, in a society in which we often are being lived by the system, zoom out and understand ourselves, through a reflective method, identify ourselves, empathize with others, and discover our own truth?
A mirror can be a constant self-reflection. It symbolizes the threshold between the conscious and the unconscious of the mind. On the one hand it confronts ourselves and what’s surrounding us, on the other hand there are things we do want to see or that we previously considered non-existing that now stand out. Identity – or the self-image – isn’t a fixed concept. Identity is to relate yourself to. Identification is a process that is never finished and never fixates things. It is an open process.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all takes the passer-by back to ‘the self’ and asks the question: what is my role and position?
Organised by: and& summit & festival
Curator: Samir Bantal (AMO)
Design: Studio L A (Lorien Beijaert, Arna Mackic, Alex Köppel)
Photographs by: Jeroen Verrecht, Studio L A, Luca Beel, Kaspars Kursiss, Lukas Claessens