The black bar or censorship bar takes identity away. Anonymity is guaranteed by hiding the eyes. The opposite is the same: when only the eyes are visible, you’re unrecognizable and it often feels uncomfortable. Hiding yourself has a connotation with darkness, ugliness, evil, but also with mystery and temptation.
‘What do I show and what don’t I to another?’… a question that will be answered differently in different cultures. That’s why there’s this double-sided mirror. The materials are each other’s opposite. The burned wood absorbs all the light, the mirror is very reflective. The mirror as a symbol for identity.
PHOTOS KRISTOF VRANCKEN