We are very proud to announce the upcoming exhibition Unveiled exclusively organised by our MA Curating students (Art History).
From Japanese Noh masks, used in theatre to identify characters, to modern-day Instagram filters, this exhibition explores the relationship between revealing and concealing the self through masks, prints, paintings, film, and interactive filters.
Every photo we take comes with the option to edit and filter our image. We get to choose the face we present to the world. What do these choices we make say about our identities? Are we always hiding behind a mask, or do we use these masks to unveil our true selves?
Throughout history, masks have been used for both purposes: some protect and hide us while others reveal our innermost world. Masks also bring attention to the causes we stand for and aid in the traditions we follow.
Unveiled explores the use of masks and facial distortion as a means of personal expression in identity, activism, and ceremonial traditions.
In collaboration with The Beaney for the first time, Unveiled is curated by the University of Kent MA Curating programme.
Admission is free, donations encouraged.
The exhibition will run from Saturday 2 July to Sunday 31 July (Closed Mondays).
Location: Second Floor, Special Exhibition Gallery, The Beaney