The Mirror (2019)

In this work ‘INTERVENING SPACE: The Mirror’ I am researching narcissistic bodily behaviour in its origin. The modern Western society is drenched with narcissistic behaviour, as are we, as are you and as am I. Some have already announced the narcissism epidemic* years ago, and not only in a good way. Psychiatry is the mirror of the world we are living in and patients are the symptom carriers of a disease where the entire society is suffering from.

Launched inside a specific room, situated in what feels as a frigid, lonesome park villa I will saturate my skin by the isolated confrontation with my mirror image. Captured by myself, for myself, with myself and because of myself. 

This work is especially developed for my performances in the villa as being part of The Living Museum. Though, this is only the start of the visualization of my research into narcissistic (bodily) behaviour. The in-depth continuation of this research will be ongoing, and hopefully I will find an opportunity to exhibit the upcoming insights soon again, offline. The process is the work. See impression images of the launch exhibition underneath.

© Lisette Ros

*Twenge, J.M., Campbell, K.W., 2009, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, Simon & Schuster

‘The Mirror’ at Paradiso during Transformer.

‘The Mirror’ at Westergas Villa during The Living Museum edition two.

© Video material at Paradiso by Joao da Costa
© Video at Westergas Villa by Moving Creations
© Video stills, edit and snippets by Lisette Ros
© Last photo of my face by Anne Harbers
© Lisette Ros