Cloe Jancis



There have been rumours throughout human history of a magic spring where the water makes you young again when you drink it or bathe in it. The source of eternal youth has been sought in Africa, India, America and elsewhere, but so far no explorers have succeeded in finding it. Talks about it are the embodiment of a desire that forces people to strive for beauty and nails them in front of a mirror. The last unexplored spots have long disappeared from the maps, yet the thirst for water from the spring of eternal youth will probably never be quenched.

In the street-side exhibition room of the City Gallery, we can see an installation of diffusers and mirrors inspired by the spring of youth. The minimalist work leaves much room for fantasy. Are we at a source of youth or in a hot water spring? Or maybe in a thermal bath, or a Finno-Ugric cave sauna? Modern sanatoriums and health centres can be considered the earthly embodiment of the spring of mythical youth. Together with the series of face masks made of mirrors hanging on the wall, it is easy to imagine how the magpie who has gathered all this bric-a-brac here enjoys bathing on one steamy puddle and then in another, with an avocado face mask on and slices of cucumber over her eyes.