Lea Simone Allegria and Augustin Doublet, co-founders of The Curators – an online gallery founded in 2018 – saw in the turbulent situation an opportunity to engage creatives from around the world. Earlier in June, the two presented their latest initiative, titled The Mask Project, a direct response to the Covid-19 global pandemic that takes the number one tool and turns it on its head. The result is a competition that calls for artists of all backgrounds to recreate artistically the universal symbol for the prevention of the spread of the virus.
“The Mask Project is an original answer to the difficult times artists are facing, featuring the mask as a territory of expression and turning it into art,” explains Lea. Until July 20th, artists are encouraged to submit works using the mask as their point of reference in either one (or both) of the two categories: limited edition (a sanitary mask) and original (a handcrafted mask). Of course, there are prizes for each category: the winner will take a cash prize of $1000, and the second and third will get $300 and $200 respectively. In addition to that, the main ten finalists – elected by the public on thecurators.com – will have their works published and exhibited on the gallery’s website. We speak with Lea to know more about the project, the jury, and how can you be the winner of the contest.