Julia Katharina Keil Photographer

 The Social Mask


An explorative on-going series of self-portraits sparked by the 2020 spread of mandatory mask wearing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Each portrait  seeks to explore perception, invisibility and the societal masks we wear on varying platforms, while questioning what lies beneath the bandages we wear and what happens when we dare to unravel them. 

“We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.”
- Patrick Rothfuss 

“A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.”

- Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet

“You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.”

- Alan Moore ( V for Vendetta)  

“The theme of invisibility has haunted me for many years, since earliest girlhood. A woman often feels ‘invisible’ in a public sense precisely because her physical being - her ‘visibility’ - figures so prominently in her identity. She is judged as a body, she is ‘attractive’ or ‘unattractive’, while knowing that her deepest self is inward, and secret: knowing, hoping that her spiritual essence is a great deal more complex than the casual eye of the observer will allow… it might be argued that all persons, defined to themselves rather more as what they think and dream than what they do, are ‘invisible’."

- Joyce Carol Oates  

“The human face is, after all, nothing more nor less than a mask.”

- Agatha Christie

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