2020 - Ongoing
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
“The dress code to participate in the Coronavirus Masked Ball”
Undeniably, we live in a masked world, where the iconic item on the
thrown is now the face-mask; wearing it to leave our homes as stealthy
cats with our self-certification in hand. It appears that during the time of
quarantine the imagination of many has thrived. Indeed, numerous alternative
proposals of the standard produced face-mask arose, potentially,
to create a new cool reputation for the object or just to make it socially
So, while strolling down the street, we see a sea of covered faces with
masks of every liking, from the standard surgical ones, ffp2 or ffp3, to
more fashionable and sporty ones. Truly today the face-mask is a symbol
of protection against diseases and pollution, so instilling a sense of
security, however, it is also becoming an accessory intrinsically involved
in our sense of identity.
While wearing a face-mask half of our facial features disappear however,
it most prominently hides the one feature linked to our verbal language
and smiling ability. So inevitability nullifying an essential part of
our interpersonal communication.
We have forcibly transformed into interpreters of this new page of history
that is “the War against the virus”, we prepare, and live our daily
lives, as the legendary warriors of the past. Just like knights, tailored in
armour, masking and shielding their faces, intimating the enemy with a
glace and ready to step into battle.