Jewelry designer Carina Shoshtary would never have imagined that in a few years, the Instagram page she created would become a platform for contemporary artists, designers, and fashion designers to share their love of masks. We invite you to join us once again in the latest episode of our DIVE series, this time into the world of extraordinary masks. Dive in!
In our bi-weekly DIVE series, we descend into the murky waters of Instagram and bring you some of the accounts worth following.
Carina Shohstary, an artist based in Germany, started creating masks and various headpieces in 2017, as she had been interested in this particular field for some time, which leads to deep philosophical layers. Shortly afterwards, she created her Instagram page fashion for bank robbers, which has since become a platform for all artists working with headdresses and masks. Although she initially set up the site to gather inspiration for herself, she now receives images from all corners of the art scene, be it fashion, design, or fine art, from around the world.
According to her, the world of masks and headpieces is a very rewarding area. “The fact that we usually don’t wear headpieces and masks in daily life, with the exception of hats, seems to give artists more freedom to create quirky extraordinary pieces,” Carina explained.
Masks and anything else used to cover or complement the face have a particularly interesting place in today’s world, where identity and authenticity have become central issues that are often controversial.
The role of masks can be interpreted in many different ways, as they can be used to hide behind, to protect the wearer from the outside world, but they can also be a way of magnifying some inner quality or idea of the wearer or designer.
To this day, her curatorial work is mostly determined by her own interests, and she wants to present as many artists as she finds valuable and exciting. She also particularly likes to find an element of magic or mythology in the works. Although she didn’t really develop a personal relationship with the artists she featured in the first two years, she has now built up a true community around her Instagram page.
In two weeks, we’ll be back with the background story of another Instagram page, but in the meantime, dive into the previous part of our DIVE series, in which we featured the Women & The Wind Instagram page.