Srange Meeting

By Michelle Cioccoloni

Fragments of the text have been engraved onto an antique mirror dating from the First World War era in such a way that the shadow of the words gives a second image. The viewer appears to be looking into the "profound dark tunnel" seeing himself reflected in the mirror as the soldier in the poem saw himself reflected in the 'enemy', who was in reality just the same as him, seeing the "truth untold/The pity of war, the pity war distilled." Not only the pity, but also the truth of war is distilled in this image as the viewer sees in the mirror the reflection of the huge panel, 'The Pity of War', behind him. The viewer is within the image, his own reflection, the enemy, before him and the scene of destruction behind him reflected in the mirror, too, bringing it in front of him as well as behind, so that he finds himself surrounded by the destruction.

Strange Meeting

 

Strange Meeting

 

Strange Meeting

 

 

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