PANDORA’S BOX OF FORBIDDEN WORDS/ 2016 / C PRINT / 87x69 CM AND PERFORMANCE
Hesiod described Pandora’s box as a large, earthenware storage jar. For
Erasmus it was a portable caddy. Today it is a red plexiglas box.
Maria-Magdalena Ianchis takes Hesiod’s original story further by inviting us to collect up the evils that have escaped back then. Her focus is on “forbidden” words – words that carry a historical burden, are euphemistic, discriminatory.
In short, terms which are no longer politically correct. Or even words which are politically correct but do not make sense; neither serve a situation nor can resolve it.
On the other hand, there are interesting expressions and they have an enormous positive charge
for society. But it seems we cannot remember whether they are left like empty cocoons.
Ultimately, they are just used in a vague and senseless way.
Ianchis’ version of the box, is part of a series in which the artist reinterprets old myths and reenacts herself in each case. “The effect is quite different when I !nd myself directly confronted with a legend of serious consequence.”