The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute are pleased to present the exhibition opening of Mirror, Mirror On The Wall by Patrizio Travagli.
Il Ponte Contemporanea
Apr 10th – Jun 30th 2018
Washington DC , 3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC, Stati UnitiMap
Patrizio Travagli invites us to turn our attention to the disturbing singularity of the mirror. How many times have mirrors deceived us? How many times, even if for a few moments, have we believed that the reflected image was a window or a door, an entrance not to Wonderland, as it was for Lewis Carroll's Alice, but to our own common, everyday world?
In the exhibition Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, artist Patrizio Travagli asks you, the viewer, to become the piece of art. Your reflection in the mirror is the launching point for questions about identity, illusion, and reality.
The reflection is perceived as an antinomy: the Other and the Same, Everything and Nothing, Identity and Difference. The mirror’s surface is the event horizon that allows this dialogue to happen with the fascinating power of illusion. The word illusion comes from the latin in lusionem, that means to get into the game (lusia). It refers not to a mere representation of appearance, but rather to an authentic recreation of reality.