Veneered wood with embedded mirror and glas parts and two halogen spotlights / 2012
Especially in ethnological museums, the showcase functions as the central element of presentation, in which mainly exotic artifacts are presented. By means of vitrification and theatrical illumination, the foreign object is enhanced. At the same time, the object is deprived of any physical contact, while the optical framing of the display case is constructing and disciplining the viewers gaze.
The work ´showcase´ consists of a door-like object with embedded mirror and glass parts, situated in a corner, which is enlightened on both sides. Standing right in front of the object, in the right distance, a three-dimensional object made of reflections and shadows unfolds itself forming a museums showcase. However, the showcase´s inside is empty - it´s fetish emerges only in the gaze of the viewer. If the spectator is standing right in the middle of the light source, his own shadow is projected into the showcase - just like an ethnological object, one find´s oneself trapped in the raster.