There Where You Are Absent
2016, sculpture (mirrors, wood, silicone)
With this object Pearlie Frisch invited the viewers to actively engage with their gaze as to challenge the perspective of a familiar point of view. What happens when looking a place that does not exist in the physical world?
In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface; I am over there, there where I am not, a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent [...] From the standpoint of the mirror I discover my absence from the place where I am since I see myself over there. Starting from this gaze that is, as it were, directed toward me, from the ground of this virtual space that is on the other side of the glass, I come back toward myself; I begin again to direct my eyes toward myself and to reconstitute myself there where I am.
Foucault, M. (1984): Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias.