Finding a balance when comprehending and facing situations and life processes has been a recurrent theme in Mabel Poblet’s work. In Reverse, she invites us to reflect on such dichotomies, parallelisms and junctions that we encounter in the day-to-day life. Away from a Manichaean view, she creates spaces where the relativity of perceptions, senses, phenomena and the like is highlighted as a way to promote the audience’s questioning of their immediate reality.
The main installation of this series is made up by images of an infinite sky and a carpet of looking glasses, the locations of which have been interchanged. Thus, the public may walk on clouds while the firmament reveals its reflection.
Similarly, Mabel subtly discourses on the Cuban Revolution’s construction of a utopia in the installation piece Idealized Dream. On a sky background, she links light points to shape the façade of emblematic buildings having symbolic connotations within the revolutionary process, such as the University of Havana or the Capitol. The simplicity of the image, like a child’s drawing, emphasizes the feeble and idealistic character of certain statutes and values built up under the influence of the Cuban Revolution’s discourse of social emancipation.