Marilá Dardot - Alices

DE 22/06/2010 - 17/07/2010 A




Created from the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carrol, Alices (2009) by Marilá Dardot, explores the character’s changes in size to reflect on the viewer’s own transformations throughout the exhibition.

Some extracts of Carrol’s book were reproduced in this work, and the size of their images vary according to Alice’s size in the refered passage, as if the visitor would increase or decrease in size along with her. In the first 13 images, the cover sheet is reproduced according to the book’s real size and a mirror surface margin reflects the viewer onto the piece. The second image, which refers to Alice’s first shift (Alice is reduced to “about twenty-five centimeters tall”), is proportionally enlarged so that the visitor feels diminished like Alice, and so on.

“In all the narratives in each chapter of the book I found an element that structures the development of the story, allowing Alice to interact in the spaces and with the other characters in different ways: the magical effect of changing size.  Alice changes size 12 times, always generating a series of new circumstances. Besides, the `size issue’ is an element the triggers identity crisis: Alice is always asking herself about the events around her, about her decisions, but mostly about who she is: ‘Have I been exchanged during the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? (…) But, if I’m not myself, the next question is: After all, who am I? Ah, this is the great puzzle!’. With ‘Alices’ I want to play with these crisis and make the visitor realize him/herself in constant changing, in a changing world as well” says Marilá Dardot.