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"I am a bird from heavenly garden of paradise,
I am not from this dusty earth.
Where have I come from?
Where do I go?”

Rumi, translated by Shirin Bolourchi

The Mirror Stage

The Mirror Stage is an installation in two parts. In first part, the viewer is invited to investigate a circular hole in the floor of a classroom in a building that will be demolished after the exhibition. Excavated remains of the building are wrapped and buried in a traditional Muslim fabric (Kafan) inside the hole. The second part of the installation is located in a yard. A circular shape mirroring the first part made of pieces of blue painter’s tape with a single piece wrapped in Kafan in its center. The piece elevated above the surface carries a miniature shovel on the top.

«The idea of ‘mirror stage’ is an important early component in Lacan’s critical reinterpretation of the work of Freud. […] Lacan proposes that human infants past through a stage in which an external image of the body (reflected in a mirror or represented to infant through a mother or a primary caregiver) produces a psychic response that gives rise to the mental representation of an ’I’.»

The definition of an ‘I’ in Iranian culture may be represented in transcendency of Rumi.


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