May 9, 2018 19:00
Smash your mask aims at investigating the concept of Individuality as a combination of distinctive features which form every single person. Every individual is therefore unique, peculiar, intrinsically different from any other. Identity instead relates the person to the collective, in order to have it fitted into a plural context. Identity and Individuality are the key terms in the mediation between what is innate and what is built, who we feel we authentically are and who we feel we should be in relation to the society we are living in.
Our body is the mediator between us and the external world: our embodied knowledge. It is the device through which we express either the distance from what we perceive as different from us, or the proximity to something we recognize as similar. Nearness and Distance, the Self and the Other are parameters which define us, but only temporarly. Our system of values is in constant flux, characterized by a rapid obsolesence: what defines us today, tomorrow won’t. Nothing is right or wrong. The rule itself leads to its overcoming such as an insane act can be totally free and coerced at the very same time.
Smash your mask will disappoint the expectations since it won’t provide an answer to this dicotomy, it only expresses it through a dialogue which is characherized by the absolute unjudgemental acceptance of any input, whether it is a specific rigid code or a random rash gesture.
The main focus of this work is to “call into question” rather than “searching for something”.
The real inquiry about diversity consists in rearranging and re-evaluating patterns and thoughts.