MY 40 YEARS AND 40 DAYS
In the traditions of Eastern Orthodox believers, the fortieth day after a person’s death is of great importance. This day ends the forty-day memorial period. On this day, relatives gather in the house of the deceased, and memorial services, rituals and ceremonies are held. It is believed that for 40 days the soul of the departed wanders the earth visiting the places where he lived and has been, stops by at the acquaintances he knew during his lifetime and comes to the place of his future grave. After that, the soul completes its journey through the ordeal and finally leaves this world.
During the 40-day period all the mirrors in the house of the deceased are kept covered. According to the belief, a mirror plays the role of a door between two worlds. If the soul of the deceased falls into the mirror it will be stuck there forever, without any chance of release. Mirrors in the house of the deceased are also associated with the fate of the living people. So, if a person sees in the mirror a reflection of the deceased or the soul of himself, it could be a sign that he might soon die too.
© 2020 Mikhail Porollo
Triptych - three-leaved mirror (miroir à trois faces) - covered by two linen sheets, with a small icon of the Mother Mary and child inserted between the central mirror and its frame.
The viewer is invited to open the sheets and look in the mirror.
The installation is required to be hang in the corner of the exhibition space.