The gaze of the so-called normal on the Other objectifies bodies and perpetuates power dynamics by separating the acceptable from the bizarre, the human from the inhumane.
The mirror, the optimal representation of the self through an object, is an extension of the body beyond its constraints, reflecting an interim mode between human and object. Mirror offers a different self-gaze through a mirror, devoid of a physical reflection but rather one that asks the viewers to examine themselves in relation to the object.
In her research, Hila Shapira focuses on the hair as a symbol that represents an extension of the body and explores its connection to gender roles, the ideal body model and social responsibilities. Mirror reflects its relationship with the viewers – a body-object hybrid – and asks questions about the reflected figure, which represents both memories and future possibilities.