Lost through the looking-glass

Lost through the looking-glass (Dois)

It is a series of pictures whose aim is to raise questions about self-reflection, curiosity, anonymity, loss and fragmentation.

  1. The mirrored door of the closet is locked and opened by the same hand. A pair of shoes is missing. Someone cannot leave barefoot / derrière cette porte
  2. Curiosity – if too close to the mirror, one loses its identity. / 9 octobre (What is inside? Who am I?)
  3. The door releases.  / qu’est-ce que ça veut dire ? (Forced or opened by itself?)
  4. A drawer offers a velvet little bag. / if i let you know (Was it a lost item? Or was it putted in there on purpose?)
  5. The little bag has a mirror inside / who are you? The mirror only reflects 3 fingers.

Depending on how invested one is to the experience of self-reflection, the mirror will assume a paradoxical role. At the same time that it makes people more conscious about their bodies, the mirror also gets them lost in allegorical fantasies about who they are. The mirror disassociates the human from the concrete instance of reality in order to prioritize the emotions of the self, which is marked by fictional narratives of psychological order. This allegorical aspect of illusion marks the mirror symbolically as a portal to a different dimension, which is interior rather than exterior.

In the art piece, I evoke this private space by setting the bedroom and the closet as the background to a curious journey of finding by chance a carry-on mirror. It is a photographic sequence formally conceptualized in dualities and antitheses.

The phrases that kimura has chosen for the each photograph makes allusion to short stories that she explored in her video art projects, from which I identify myself conceptually. Kimura’s practice played a role in the understanding of myself as immigrant as in Montreal, and this way we shared our insights on how identifying ourselves with a culture in which we were not born but that we opted as home, which is Quebec.

No pieces of clothes, no shoes, the mirrored closet reveals another identitary item: a carry-on mirror. But this little mirror can only reveal a small part of the self, a fragment that we already know: the fingers of the character. The viewer is left without knowing who the person was, where he was going, what he was looking for. One can only grasp a couple clues of the self as unsettling propositions towards the unconscious. The art piece is a dream-like narrative revealing the mirror as an identitary promise that fascinates but never reveals.

These are 5 inkjet priced photos framed. Each image has a 8×10″ size and

The Keywords are: self-reflection, curiosity, anonymity, loss and fragmentation.