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Through the Looking Glass by Carolina Quintela and Sara Leme

Exhibition  /  10 Oct 2020  -  30 Oct 2020
Published: 22.10.2020
Sara Leme. Necklace: Ocule Mi, 2020. Phone screens, mirrored aluminum, foam, 3D printed bio-plastic, sterling silver, textile thread.. 19.9 x 7.5 x 1 cm. Photo by: Sara Leme. From series: Through the Looking Glass. Sara Leme
Necklace: Ocule Mi, 2020
Phone screens, mirrored aluminum, foam, 3D printed bio-plastic, sterling silver, textile thread.
19.9 x 7.5 x 1 cm
Photo by: Sara Leme
From series: Through the Looking Glass
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Intro
The mirror, which gave speculation its name, is the object that reflects an image and, depending on its clarity, reveals the truth around which we symbolically prove the correspondence of sincerity. On the other hand, the mirror can invert reality while exposing the psyche to self-knowledge, but above all, it symbolizes the reciprocity of consciences and affective symmetry. In love, on the other side of the mirror lays the eyes of the loved one and the reflection that encloses the simplicity and the greatness of being seen within a universe that was built common, total, and unrepeatable. In love, the mirror is the other one.
/Carolina Quintela

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Sara Leme, Carolina Quintela
What would it be like to live with a face or inhabit a body that, without the help of the mirror, was known mainly through the eyes of others?

Small, rare, expensive, and precious: this is how mirrors are over several centuries before the production in Saint-Gobain refines a manufacturing process capable of increasing production. Since prehistory, the man has been interested in his image, having used all kinds of resources like dark glossy stones or still water – and after all, in the eyes of his lover, the man could already see his double. Even if it has become the most common object of our time, the mirror retains its magical and mystifying power: “What secret are you looking for in your broken mirror?”

Narcissus let himself be charmed by his own reflection, drowning in his individualism. To see yourself reflected in a mirror, to identify yourself, requires a mental action by which the subject is capable to objectify and separate what is external from what is internal. In this way, the specular image is not a given unity, but one that is built and variable. If the mirror is the associate of the conscious realm, it can also represent a trap, revealing psychic chaos. It accompanies the search of identity; nevertheless, such dualism makes the mirror both a mentor and a deceiver. The man maintains a conflicting relationship with his reflection. He finds himself visible, naked, vulnerable, powerful, thus submitted to the other’s view of him. Our ancestors considered it an extraordinary instrument, allowing us to discover our image and know ourselves better, but also to access an invisible dimension. However, where is the image located? A reflection has no substrate or consistence. Except for sight, it omits the senses, especially touch, the basis of sensitive reality. It shows the appearance of the subject, but not its reality. It offers no resistance, thus picturing a polished aesthetic. Can this question raise a relationship between the mirror and our attachment to the digital identity?


/Sara Leme

Opening Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am - 6 pm.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 pm - 6 pm.
Opening:
Saturday, 10 October, 3 pm - 8 pm.
Sara Leme. Ring: Selfie, 2020. Phone cameras, sterling silver. . Photo by: Sara Leme. From series: Through the Looking Glass. Sara Leme
Ring: Selfie, 2020
Phone cameras, sterling silver. 
Photo by: Sara Leme
From series: Through the Looking Glass
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Carolina Quintela. Object: La Vie en Rose, 2020. Music box, silver.. 5 x 4 x 0.03 cm. Photo by: Pedro Sequeira. From series: Through the Looking Glass. Carolina Quintela
Object: La Vie en Rose, 2020
Music box, silver.
5 x 4 x 0.03 cm
Photo by: Pedro Sequeira
From series: Through the Looking Glass
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Carolina Quintela. Brooch: I Miss You So, 2020. Glass plate negative, silver and stainless steel.. 10 x 4 x 0.5 cm. Photo by: Pedro Sequeira. From series: Through the Looking Glass. Carolina Quintela
Brooch: I Miss You So, 2020
Glass plate negative, silver and stainless steel.
10 x 4 x 0.5 cm
Photo by: Pedro Sequeira
From series: Through the Looking Glass
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Carolina Quintela. Brooch: I Miss You So, 2020. Glass plate negative, silver and stainless steel.. 10 x 4 x 0.5 cm. Photo by: Pedro Sequeira. From series: Through the Looking Glass. Alternative view.. Carolina Quintela
Brooch: I Miss You So, 2020
Glass plate negative, silver and stainless steel.
10 x 4 x 0.5 cm
Photo by: Pedro Sequeira
From series: Through the Looking Glass

Alternative view.

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