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Mirrors of the Mind | Bill Viola
March 9, 2017 - April 22, 2017
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Leila Heller Gallery Dubai is proud to present an exhibition of the work of Bill Viola, entitled The Vast: Mirrors of the Mind, curated by Brooke Lynn McGowan. Presenting a selection of pioneering video pieces, including works from the Sufi-inspired Transfigurations series (created 2007–2008), desert-based mediations on existence from the Mirage series (2012), and the hauntingly infinite fluidity of the Water Portraits series (2013), The Vast: Mirrors of the Mind seeks to reveal to the viewer the thematic relationships in Viola’s work—portrayals of desert and water as emblematic of his explorations of the voyage of life and death, consciousness and reflection, East to West. Each of the works in this exhibition portray Viola’s representation of the limits of perception at the threshold between the conscious and the unconscious mind and his desire to “go to a place that seems like it’s at the end of the world. A vantage point from which one can stand and peer out into the void… where all becomes strange and unfamiliar…. You have reached the edge… You finally realize that the void is yourself. It is like … [a] mirror in your mind.”