The Iconography of Silence
The use of mirrors in The Iconography of Silence imposes the reflection of our own image. The perfect depiction of our specular portrait is invaded by unexpected images - the disturbing scenes or sentences. Images and texts melt with thoughts,and we find ourselves as prey and/or predator, condensing past and present.
A situation of abuse is always very specific and unique, but there are certain patterns that it is possible to identify and register, and The Iconography of Silence serves also as an archive of abusive patterns.
The artist tried to build a landscape of abuse where viewers can identify themselves. Acknowledging reality is often the first step towards an exit. The intention of Debora Hirsch is also to assemble a powerful work that could allow viewers to recognize where they are and to know that they are not alone.