In the artistic documentary "To Each His Own Mask" visual artist and filmmaker Tine Guns subjects contemporary societal phenomena such as the culturally-redefining Occupy protests to a critical litmus test by means of the carnival mask.
The film offers an unexpected new take on the spectacularly mediated manifestations of a world that is calling louder than ever before - from disparate ideological corners - for change. Tine Guns casts a critical eye on the current protest culture and, with the mechanism of the masks, employs a carnivalesque strategy to reveal deeply-rooted structures and facets.
We live in times of crises and failing economic systems. No wonder that questions of change are recurrent. Protest culture is having a revival.
Every revolution has its icons. Nowadays, we see the mask show up. Wearing a mask is a carnivalesque strategy. Carnival is a ritual, temporarily dismantling social and political regimes, suspending norms and values. But after this limited period of allowed disorder and change, the order is restored.
So the question arises: does this current wave of protests serve as an illusion of carnival? Do they actually affirm the established power structures? Do they make us forget?
What if we look beyond the fun face of carnival? Can we use carnival to reach a real revolution? Wasn't the purpose of the ancient carnival ritual to remember, to look winter demons in the eyes and transform to spring?