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仿像 | SIMULACRA OF SELF

2017

Fibreglass and laminated brushbox timber flooring

Exhibited in RENDERED

Simulacra of Self questions the authenticity and authority of self-portrayal. As a consequence of the drastic improvement in the accessibility and application of camera technologies, we are more eager and equipped to assume the role of narrators of our own story than ever. The seemingly levitating platform in the installation reflects the way our accounts are often interpreted and elevated versions of our identity rather than a direct translation. Referencing Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden, the installation whimsically illustrates the absurdity of continuously photographing oneself to build on a futile foundation of artificial presentations. Looking at the curved surfaces, viewers are confronted, or rather, entranced by duplicated, distorted and inverted images of themselves. When attempting to photograph the work, they have no choices but to include their reflections, making every photo of Simulacra of Self essentially a ‘mirror selfie’.

GWAN TUNG DOROTHY LAU