Identity Revealed - A Filmed Triptych by ELLIS FAAS
If you love art and beauty, and Ellis Faas as much as I do, then you'll love the "Identity Revealed - A Filmed Triptych by Ellis Faas"!!
On Thursday, the former queen of the Netherlands Her Royal Highness
Princess Beatrix opened a new exhibition at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam:
"Magical Africa – Masks and Sculptures from Ivory Coast. The Artists
Revealed". For this exhibition, the curators commissioned a film by makeup artist/photographer/filmmaker Ellis Faas, asking Ellis to draw inspiration from the traditional masks from Ivory Coast.
Ellis explains her approach: "Since ancient times, humans have been using masks - in order to express
power and authority; to feel self-confident; to stand out or to hide
behind; to not be recognised and disappear into the masses. Not only by
traditional masks, but also by disguising and ornamental elements such
as clothing, jewellery, hair and makeup. But can one truly change one's
identity, or is it merely a temporary transformation? And who or what
defines someone's true identity? Is it the mask, is it the human being
behind the mask, or maybe even the creator of the mask?"
If you are in Amsterdam before February 15, you can go and see the triptych "live" at the exhibition held at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, on Dam Square next to the palace. If not, you can view it here. And you may also enjoy the little making of video.