2020 / SPECULUM
stainless steel, glass
With *LBYL Hannah Kuhlmann stages a ritual that does not yet exist as such - or at least not in this form: Looking at one's own genitals with the help of mirrors involing the whole body, the purpose of which is explicitly in this action. In this way, they make it possible to encounter one's own nakedness in a climate of acceptance, open-mindedness and thoughtfulness. They enable us to see our body in its entirety, to identify with it and to develop self-confidence - which in this sense can literally be understood as being aware of oneself. The mirrors reveal that furniture is more than just an article of daily use, because they materialize cultural conventions and design social encounters.
The mirror objects are inspired by Jacques Lacan's theory of the mirror stage, which describes the developmental phase of the child around the 6th to 18th month of life, within which identification with one's own mirror image takes place. According to Lacan, the child only develops an awareness of his body as a coherent unit through the recognition of himself in the mirror, where he has previously experienced himself in symbiotic connection with his surroundings. Thus the moment of identification with one's own mirror image marks the beginning of becoming a subject.