Photos by: Bernard Borchardt
Doppelgänger is a sculpture series about ourselves, our personas, multiple personalities, animae and animi, internal doubles, shadows and reflections on the mirror. This exhibition, which can be defined as an attempt to look into the mirror as well, is not only about the frighteningly unusual and the strange but also the surprisingly familiar and intrinsic: that is, us.
The conceptual frame of the series finds its echoes on Carl Gustav Jung's archetypes and Sigmund Freud’s notion of the uncanny, which translates the discomfort/uneasiness behind a familiar thing. These sculptures are part of an exercise of acknowledging and sense-making of the self and its reflections; as well as a confrontation with the things that are known but kept so deep inside that we are not even aware of.
A number of spectacular literary works that treat this subject by exploring the human soul contributed to this series, either written on sculptures or spoken and heard through sound installations. Selected quotations are from a number of novels such as Fight Club of Chuck Palahniuk, The Double: A Petersburg Poem of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde of R. L. Stevenson, and William Wilson of Edgar Allan Poe.