Another skin

 

I have always liked to think that every feeling, thought or emotion can be represented by a specific colour depending on each person.

In our society, the face in particular is where feelings, thoughts, emotions may be expressed more evidently. At the same time, the face has an important role when we talk about identity.

In this regard, everybody may be aware that persona originally means ‘mask’. In fact, persona was the Latin name of the wooden mask that the actors wore during shows. Its features were intentionally exaggerated, so that they could be seen by the entire audience. Its origin – personar – conveys something that echoes through: the mask is extremely ambiguous, since in the moment that it reveals an aspect, it also disguises another one.

In our everyday life we always wear masks. Clothes, make up, behaviours, etc. may belong to the sphere of presenting and representing ourselves, multiplying our identities.
Similarly, let us think about the skin. It is the only organ that covers the totality of the body. However, it is not only a surface, but also a psychic envelope that has its own life, a boundary that faces both outside world and the inner world. Through the skin a part of a story of a person can be told.

So, what happens if our own skin becomes itself a mask? Using the painting as an unusual disguise, the participants of the project multiplied their faces and decided which personality to wear, performing and echoing a state of being through their transformed skin. In so doing they perceived their own face differently, posing without the photographer’s direction and writing something personal about their experience.