Art in Second Life 2021 (35) Faded Faces by Milena Carbone

Milena Carbone’s newest exhibition was opened in the park of New Berlin on April 1st. Melina’s theme this time is faces. And again she combined her pictures with text, with thoughts.

For more than a year, we have become accustomed to wearing masks. And the more we hide our emotions from others, the more sadness, fear and anger grow within us.

But this paper or fabric mask hides the mask we have been wearing for millennia. Smooth and smiling portraits, posed, placed in the palm of the other’s hand to satisfy the norm and our concern for self-perfection.

I took a rusty knife and scratched the surface of the icy virtual faces I’ve been taking pictures of over the past few months. Underneath were real faces, aged flesh, fetid smells, sorrows, long millennial stories of billions of human beings swarming and crawling on the face of the earth, perhaps looking for something that is missing: but what the hell is missing? What are we missing so much? What makes us starve so?

Impressions of Faded Faces by Milena Carbone (1) – snippets from the text boards at each entrance

The exhibition consists of 12 pictures all spread over the park. At the 3 entrances you find an orientation map and Milena’s texts and thoughts about “faded faces”. All 12 pictures show different expressions namely Terror, Anger, Contempt, Resentment, Irony, Dirty Love, Disillusonment, Dread, Cynicism, Condescension, Final solution and Redemption. Milena writes about the different layers on our faces, about how we try to be someone who we are not, about the facade we wear in our faces – and about the general hybris of mankind.

Impressions of Faded Faces by Milena Carbone (2) Terror (upper left), Resentment (lower left), Dirty Love (upper right), Disillusionment (lower right)

Expressions, facial expressions, can’t be captured easily and to some extent lay in the eye of the beholder. For me at least Milena succeeds in capturing the moods and the facial expressions. The 12 pictures are unique and very strong. The walk through the park along with Milena’s thoughts and picture combine into a virtual art experience.

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story.

Impressions of Faded Faces by Milena Carbone (3) CynicismFaded Faces by Milena Carbone

Thank you Milena, for another great exhibition. Faded Faces with stay open for a visit until end of May.

Landmark to the Park of New Berlin
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
Milena Carbone’s Flickr page

The sacrificed

Milena Carbone’s writing (blog)

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