I LOVE IT!
This unsettling art project by French artist and Hint friend frederique daubal. For her Hide and Seek photographic series, Frederique cut out pages from fashion magazines, sliced them into fringe and made them into masks resembling Muslim niqābs. It’s astatement on identity, transformation and what it means to be Frenchtoday. She’s looking for a gallery space to exhibit the photographs, so if you know of one, here’s your chance to support the arts! by Hintmag
When does your face become a mask? If you could wear the same expression ceaselessly, and only change it when you want to, would you? I can’t tell you what inspired Frederique Daubal in this work, but I can tell you of what it invokes in me. The idea of wearing photographs as masks is not new, but this application is. The slits cut make the work seem almost like venetian blinds to me, as both the subject matter and the model peek out towards the camera, hidden within their own visage. As the facial expression is pre-determined, everything is about body language, and makes for a very interesting study.