#088 Mirror Image Observation
This programme was created by Jackie Tan as part of her Internship in 2020
Living in this post-pandemic situation, we witness the waning of hyper-globalization and the building of barriers between countries, ethnicity and cultures. Social and cultural differences varying among nations, races, and language are being emphasized once more, which confronts us with a concentration of contradictions and divisions.
Observing through the image they have built about the other, people are constantly entangled in the obstacles of “self-the other” and the desire of identification. There are traces of self in the image of others, and also non-selfness mixed in the image of self. Mirror image is actually a mixed projection of the external and the internal world, and the observer is also part of the observed.
Through the lens of these video artists, observation of intercultural estrangement and misunderstanding arouse our empathy for the individual experience of outsiders and reflect on the danger of single narrative. They’re also seeking for the potentiality of recontextualization to engage in dialogue with the other and to bridge across different languages, geographies and cultural genealogies.
Films in this programme
(DK 2005, 3:53 min)
(US 2009, 10:00 min)
(ES 2019, 15:18 min)
(UG/CN 2011, 16:00 min)
(BG 2002, 6:57)
(HK 2011, 07:05 min)