This week’s virtual group exhibition considers the use of face coverings from a functional as well as fanciful and speculative viewpoint. For those of us living in Melbourne, Australia entering the second lockdown, we’ve had to admit that we’re not quite as immune or good as we thought we were. A debate has proliferated whether or not to wear a face mask and, if a necessity, which mask should we wear? Australia’s chief medical officer Professor Paul Kelly said people living in Melbourne who can’t remain socially distant when out and about for essential reasons ‘should wear a mask.’ So, why don’t we do it? We’ve worn masks for a multitude of purposes throughout history including to shield, camouflage, disguise and masquerade. Face coverings have transformative qualities and can affect the way we communicate and the way we feel. From a positive standpoint, masks can be creative, liberating and empowering.
Featuring work by Michael Camakaris, Nick Capaldo, Adrian Lazzaro, Julian Martin, Sammie-Jo Matta, Daniel Pace, Gavin Porter, Aidan Sefo, Cathy Staughton, Jimmy Tran and Terry Williams.