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  • Writer's pictureJo Sutherst

Sustainable Prospects – Possible Method of Display

Following my 1:1 with Krishna, I have been considering how the work could be displayed. The idea of encouraging the viewer to engage with the masks is one that is key to the project. It is important that the viewer realises that everyone has a mask and that ‘ordinary’ people can hide the most painful things.

My idea for the exhibition is that it woud take place over a a few rooms. The first one would contain all the masks pinned to a rope on the wall. Below this (on a wooden drawered plinth) would be the behind the mask portraits randomly placed. The viewer is encouraged to try and determine whose mask is whose. The correct pairings will only be revealed in subsequent rooms where the images are diplayed as pairs.

The wooden drawered plinth would contain blank mask and pens. The viewers would be invited to become participants in the exhibition. The room would contain a central table with several chairs to facilitate this.

After the viewer has completed their mask, they would have the opportunity to be photographed in a private, sound proof booth. The images would be printed out straight away. The viewer (and now participant) would be able to pin their mask on a rope and place their image below. This interactive and participatory activity will add increased agency and engagement to the work.

There is still work to do to develop this display further and this will be explored as I move into the final phase of my MA.

Mock ups created are shown below.


Figure 1: First room


Figure 2: Subsequent rooms

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