Elena Tomaini – Breathing Masks

Masks to suffocate

Nine stories, nine borderline situations: disconnections, osmosis, betrayal, contagion, suicide, repetition, displacement, torture, overprotection. Masks are deadly pretences through which we believe we can breath, but in fact they suffocate us to the point of dissolution. Everything is governed by art, extreme psychopathological fiction which contaminates the mundane and dismantles it. In a society of performances everything is performance, even love and showing one’s own death. There is no glimmer of hope in Elena Tomaini’s stories: she is still green in her writing, but capable of a translucent piercing gaze. Cerebral, but authentic.

Translation by Stefano Bragato (edited by Ester Tossi)