Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, makers, artists, and designers around the world have transformed face masks from essential protective devices into dynamic expressions of our lived experiences. Masks have become iconic symbols of the pandemic, representing humanity’s resilience, community, and unity during this global crisis. Mask-making has allowed many to channel their creative and design energies, while also providing moments of purpose, calm, and healing during these turbulent times. This virtual exhibition is an international collaboration among numerous museum curators who have collected face masks for their institutions to document the material culture of the pandemic from 2020–2021. Over 100 masks have been curated into six major themes: Art & Intervention; Politics & Protest; Solidarity & Communities; Body & Spirit; Innovation & Sustainability; and Fashion & Pop Culture.
When: 28 Jan - 31 Dec 2022,