The mole is born with tiny eyes, in some cases covered

with a thin layer of skin. The eye is barely functional,

incapable to see movements but can perceive lights

to a certain extent. Because the mole lives most of its life

underground in total darkness the use of a well functional eye

is barely existing. Even so, every newborn mole gets

a pair of eyes, almost blind between birth and death.

So why are those eyes?

What do they see when the mole dreams at night?

A vestigial structure from a time above ground?

Or do they see something else?

A perpetual motion without beginning or end?

The Eye of the Mole and the Perpetual Motion, Galleri Mejan, Stockholm, 2021
photo: Jean Baptiste Béranger, Karon Nilzén

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