Ritual Performance, 2019

Ritual performance on Halloween evening in collaboration with SADIST. The mask has a history of culturally and contextually distinct applications. Worn by protestors to obscure their identities from the government, the mask is a symbol of resistance, self-preservation, and collective action though anonymity. In erotic play, the mask allows the wearer to shed normative conventions in exchange for unburdened pleasure and carnal exploration. In theater, performers mask to embody someone else. The power of masking is an iconic embodiment of both becoming and unbecoming, of concealment and revelation. On Halloween, over 50 attendees were given a mask to wear, and the collective was realized.


Video and selected photosby Twiggy Mitchell and Carrie Quartly.