Two seated women facing each other in the middle of a room. They are Pandora and Sybilla. The imaginary mirror that separates them is at the same time the intermediate that connects them as in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. The mirror is a window to a parallel reality. One world, Pandora’s, is the ancient world of paganism; the other, Sybilla’s world, is western society, the way it was formed and more or less survives to the present day, based on the Christian dogma.
As in Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, Pandora could represent the Dionysian element of drunkenness and orgiastic celebration, and hope – the only thing left in her box – is the veil before our eyes that helps us to endure the blinding light of our existential drama. The accommodating, undemanding Sybilla, ‘sterilized’ from all urges, could then represent the Apollonian element of sobriety.
The installation aims to create an open field of reflection to the viewer who is invited to wonder about life, religion or even politics in the light of the female psyche.