Bamana Style Face Mask Pin
This Bamana Style face mask pin is designed by artist Brendan Fernandes and is based on his neon piece, From Hiz Hands, 2010. Made of quality hard enamel, it measures one-inch tall and features a black rubber clutch for a maximum strength hold.
“I watched vendors [on Canal Street] selling African masks and heard they were carving them in storage units outside the city. It made me think about the loss of cultural traditions—what happened to the ceremonial purpose and what the masks once meant—and how the masks become just placeholders, like signs. The neons also play with disguised language, as they pulse questions about who they are in Morse code. Those sorts of signals are not being articulated or comprehended, but the light acts as a beacon to then call in.”