Le nostre prigioni dorate (Our gilded Prisons)
- Pier Giorgio De Pinto
- Le nostre prigioni dorate (Our gilded Prisons)
You can follow the video-interview, in Italian language, by Bettina Bush here
In these days of forced exile within the four walls of our homes, I have repeatedly heard people complain about too much “sweet nothingness”.
I saw photos of homes overflowing with objects, entertainment of all kinds, movies and TV series on Netflix, homes full of food and snacks and junk food… all elements of well-being and not strictly to the tri-nomial of survival eat-drink-sleep typical of a real prison and/or state of war.
Real gilded prisons from which they started monologues of dietrology and absurd comparisons with other political and social phenomena. Forces that have, of course, awakened the typical human factiousness accompanied by the usual stale ideology.
I have thought many times, because of what has been written above, that many people more than a mask, in this particular historical period, should be put a “soundproof muzzle”.
Instead, I preferred the idea of creating a mask that would symbolically represent an object that is certainly annoying to use but that was somehow representative of the well-being in which we allow ourselves even to complain.
In our prisons we have the best that any true prisoner would desire. Furthermore, from home we can virtually “travel” around the world, to do shopping, even if deliveries are slowed down, so what are we complaining about?
I also thought about how the mask limits some important functions of our mouth that we always take for granted:
– it doesn’t allow us to see part of the other person’s facial expression, which is so important in communication, even nonverbal communication,
– creates a block that does not activate the facial recognition of some devices like the iphone.
– creates a block to eating and drinking.
– Once removed, after prolonged use, it leaves marks that in the selfie culture of Instagram certainly does not promote that “filter smoothing” that many use.
I would like to make a mask using only what I had at home; to accentuate the fact that many stores are closed and we have pretty much everything we need at home.
I used a hat from a carnival dress to take the fabric and the gold ribbon. This is also symbolic because it has been said that one of the causes of the surge in contagions was attending carnivals in February 2020.
Pier Giorgio De Pinto on the occasion of the exhibition “Il Respiro dell’Arte”, (The Breathing of Art), September 2020