Covid19 face wear

Niccolò Rastrelli

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

more acceptable.

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.

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