geiles globales gesicht (Grand Global Masks)

 

12 images of the artist transformed after painstaking applications of facial paint confront spectators with a work constituent of anonymity, cultural associations & iconography as well as silent protest. 

In the traditions of Chinese Opera, female characters were exclusively portrayed by male performers, the masks and painted visage irrefutably linked to dramatic personae, and narrative discourse predictable and unwavering. With “Geiles Globales Gesicht” (Grand Global Masks), a seductive counterpoint is given: the performer is one female, the symbolic reference of the masks sabotaged, rendered “perverse”, and visual reference one of auto-portraiture.

12 self portraits, 40 cm x 60 cm, 80 cm 120 cm, kodak print on kodak paper, 2009.

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