I’m so happy to be on my way to a residency within the framework of Free Home University at the Ammirato Culture House (Lecce) after really compelling/stimulating meetings in Amsterdam, Hildesheim, and Malmö. Maybe I should just let the description of We Wear the Mask, one of this week’s events say it all:
First everballroom in Lecce curated by legendary Pony Zion ( Vogue Evolution, NYC) with Free Home University and friends of Ammirato Culture House
Postcards from Now/here: Bring a message or become a messenger from any place, any time, anywhere in the world or in the cosmos to this present moment in Lecce, Italy, this very night at the We Wear the Mask Ball. Presentation must include an image, a note, and two addresses (one from the sender and one to the receiver).
Runway Garden: European versus All-American style of runway (your choice, and choose only one). Bring a runway effect that is inspired by the garden and its elements.
Call for Justice (As a House): This category is open for Houses who are part of the two houses formed as part of Free Home University (House of Attention and House Viola). Create a social justice campaign that responds to the query: how do we want to live? What are the most pressing urgencies, concerns or issues of our times? ?
Virgin Vogue: Open to those of vogue for the first time ( or as if it was your first time) What is your story?
Best Dressed Spectator (Only for Spectators): This category is open for audience’s members. Come to the ball dressed up. This is the night to confirm to the world that Italian style still reigns supreme.
We wear the mask that grins and lies
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties. (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
Explore the different function of the mask: theatrical, protective, commemorative…