Down the mask

–read in italian–

Down the mask, dear G.

Short chat in III acts with Gabriele Manca

First Act

Ok, you’re probably here as a friend. I can possibly imagine you either as a friend or a curious young Internet surfer searching for “how to make a mask“. Anyways, not that it matters. What is really important here is the existence in this world of rare people as Gabriele Manca, as well as his favourite animal, the amazing Elephant. Born in the last Century (Gabriele, not the elephant), it seems having a problem with his re incarnating. It happened already twice and he’s not even dead once! This story is half an interview with Gabriele and half my own fantasy. Feel free to understand which is which. But speaking about witch, let’s see who’s behind the mask. Literally.

Gabriele Manca (quello sopra l'albero)
Gabriele Manca (the one over the tree)

First Life

Designer, art lover. He decide to call himself The Herald of the Arts. It sound quite strong, right? ‘Cause you just don’t know him. Yet. Anyhow, this Herald have one enourmous giant dream: the Extinction. The secondary and most likely achievable goal is to get better and better, everyday. It’s not what artists suppose to do, though?

Second Life

gabriele al palo
Gabriele and his pole

However, we just pass through his first life easy, in few lines. That’s mainly ’cause Gabriele has a natural skill as designer. So, when you think he’s going to accept this challenge as everyone else, it’s when you get wrong. He decided to jump from creating new worlds, to work as a performer in this one first. His life started again, this time with clowns, new spaces, countries without sun and poles. In one of this poles Gabriele took his degree, at Codart, Rotterdam. Funny enough, you’re probably thinking that most of this story is fantasy. Nein, that’s all true.


Start with the concept that if you need to make a table, an iPhone or a mask, you need a concept. Usually people write this concept, as me. I know people that need to speak about their idea to everyone, so they can really think about the concept. Gabriele? He’s in a third group, called designer- thinker. So called not ’cause as us he’s drawing misshapen heads in a notebook while at the phone. He’s making a freaking Da Vinci Gioconda from her finger perspective, the guy! And this just to remember he needs to buy bread for dinner.

Different cultures

If you know Gabriele you must know his love for Arts, cultures and miths. And languages, recently. The greater the difficulty, alien, distant, unknown stories, the greater is the interest in this shaved head. In this way this same head started making masks after masks, with all different styles. What we should expect from a guy whose thesis was “The role of Mask in circus_excursus about mask from dawn of time until today” for his degree? Nope, not a serial killer. Not this time. He can be really pissed, but most of the time is pacific.

–continue in the next article–

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