The Mask

As I watched Katia apply her make-up time and time again, it seemed as though with every wipe of the sponge, she was erasing her personality as Katia, only to reveal Klava. She was barely recognisable.

 

The Mask follows a Russian female clown and her young daughter in various social and private contexts. Intermittent scenes of Moscow reference cultural, social and historical aspects of the city and its increasing Western influences, providing the opportunity to explore the multi-layered identity of place.

 

The Mask is a contemplative exploration of human identity, using the figure of the clown to discuss alter egos and the notion of the mask.

2017, video, 12 minutes 17 seconds

Helouise O'Reilly

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