Joseph Paris

Video-essay

 

The Forest of Masks

A short film exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art of Paris as part of the exhibition 'Toyen, l'écart absolu from March 25 to July 24, 2022.

 

Le Théâtre de l’Incrédule est conventionné par le Ministère de la Culture- DRAC de Normandie et reçoit régulièrement le soutien de la Région Normandie, de l'Odia, de la Spedidam et de l'Adami.
Benjamin Lazar est artiste associé à la Maison de la Culture d'Amiens.

Video made from the eleven masks designed by Toyen for Radovan Ivsic's play, King Gordogane.
On a black background, a play of light reveals a series of neutral masks, drawn by Toyen before her collages, elements of the composition of the masks appear in the image: mouths, snake, fire, bird's head, cherries, fern, rope, feathers, knives, chestnut, scissors, coin. To each voice a character, and to each character a mask. When we hear a voice, it is the corresponding mask that is in the image. The images of the masks show themselves as much as they conceal themselves. Pieces of masks come together and gradually give shape to the masks as designed by Toyen, trying to imagine what the path of his thought might have been.