M.I.T.M. (Man in the Mirror)
Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves
Video, 13 min. 25 sec.
Concurrently inspired by Michael Jackson’s song, whose video clips showed frenzied crowds in packed stadiums, and by YouTube star Buff Correll, who records himself singing karaoke alone in front of his bedroom mirror, Man in the Mirror is intended as a reflection on notions of the private and the public, the inward and the outward, but also on modern depictions of the black body, simultaneously fetishized and despised.
Born in France, with origins from Cape Verde and Italy, multidisciplinary artist Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves is in search of paths to other dimensions. Through augmented reality sculptures, videos and virtual reality experiences, video games and computer generated images, he proposes creations that bridge the gap between the real and the fictional, while emphasizing the mystical dimension of the virtual. A graduate of Le Fresnoy and the Beaux-Arts de Lyon, his work has been exhibited internationally, notably at the Thaddaeus Ropac Pantin gallery in Paris, the ClearView gallery in London and the Mohsen gallery in Tehran.