A megaphone built into
the short end of a protruding v-shaped mirror appears as a
multi-petalled flower in Narcissus Echoes. When drawing close,
one witnesses a remorseful confessor - the artist - who has gone
through numerous répétitions (repetitive interrogations,
torture and theatrical rehearsals) only to become another
descendent, a new echolalic agent of the ideology of the System.
He speaks within a cluster of “truths”, revealed to him under
mental and physical abuse in prison. In solitude - where no
“alien” thoughts could penetrate - the artist confesses his
socio-political, sexual and cultural subversive sins.
Malignant narcissism that can be found in dictatorships renders
socio-political diversities unanimous. Torture is not used to
extract truth and information; it is a tool used to impose a
cluster of truths; the tortured dissidents usually profess their
love for the System, offer their apologies to Him and confess
that they’ve become so aware of His wisdom. Remember Bukharin.
Months of imprisonment, absolute detachment from the outside
world, a situation in which one would beg to be interrogated,
with physical and psychological tortures that reduce the
confessor to an echo of the system, repeating exact words and
phrases, becoming echolalic; it is here that “Narcissus
echoes”. Confessors are put through numerous
to become descendents of a system that does nothing but repeat
itself; constructing new echolalic unanimous agents.
Répétitions prepare them for premieres, televised
confessions, identical show trials that are bitterly mordant,
with predictable and repetitive words uttered by interchangeable
persons. The confessors faithfully quote the state media
– television functions as a truth-referent, the successor and
substitution of the opium of the masses and its Pastors –
pretending to own the words they utter and believing the truth
that is is revealed to them in their solitude, where no alien
thoughts can penetrate.