The hidden face # 2003The reason why the Elephant Woman could not see, see herself and find her own voice, was the loss of the head, and therefore, of the senses. The face hidden by the pillow responds to a number of closeups extracted from Dreyer’s Joan of Arc. Her torment will be transformed in a succession of moving gestures. It is necessary to oppose the weight of knowledge with another truth, even if it only exists beyond the margin of what is visible, as a timid glint. Her truth is her word, the minimal expression that makes her existence meaningful. An element exaggeratedly disproportionate facing the heavy artillery of her opponents’ great discourse. Despite her fear she does not renounce, cannot pretend, cannot be silent, does not allow herself to be convinced by rhetorics, is not even disuaded by force, and that is her struggle: her existence is her sentence.