THROUGH THE MASK

A group show delving into this cultural artefact's multifaceted functions and conventions.

About the exhibition
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Overview

Through The Mask takes a closer look at “the mask” as an emblematic object represented in many different cultural contexts. Curated by Martin Guinard, the exhibition brings together contemporary artists from different countries across Africa and Europe such as Gonçalo Mabunda, William Cobbing, Alice Anderson, Mathieu Briand and Ophelia Finke. Given the broad spectrum of the purpose and function of a mask in the different cultural traditions there can’t be a « universal » category of the object. Nonetheless, a mask carries a strong fascination, whether they conceal, hide or evoke identity. Each artist in this exhibition plays and manipulates these sets of conventions.

About the curator

Martin Guinard-Terrin is an artist and curator, with a background in History of Art and Fine Arts (Concordia, McGill, Central Saint Martins). He has worked at the Palais des Beaux-arts in Paris under the direction of Nicolas Bourriaud. He is currently co-curating an international exhibition called Reset Modernity ! at ZKM I Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. The project is realised in collaboration with the AIME project, under the direction of the philosopher Bruno Latour.