Paolo Iommelli, Portraits Without Faces
The mask – in all known symbolic traditions – is the fundamental function of providing an identity to those who serve it. It is an “other” identity that is superimposed – for ritual, community or social needs and for a real, temporary or lasting time – to that of man. It puts in shape a different figure than the one normally characterized by its wearer and possessing a completely independent existence: as well as having meaning. The faceless man loses this meaning, loses his identity and his personality, loses his mask. Without face, man remains the one of mystery and sacredness that always accompanies him.