Masks are wonderfully paradoxical in this way: while they may hide the physical reality, they can show us how a person wants to be seen.
Paradoxum marks the debut solo exhibition by Dave Calleja, delving into the profound symbolism of masks. With a rich history, masks possess the power to conceal both beauty and ugliness, enveloping the wearer in mystery and allure. Calleja's exploration was sparked by the Japanese saying that declares, “We have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends and your family. The third face, you never show anyone.”
Calleja presents an enchanting series of masks, each portraying idiosyncratic characteristics. These creations underscore the notion that individuals often obscure their true selves, revealing specific personae based on their circumstances. The exhibition invites the viewer to be surrounded by numerous masks, creating a showcase where one can choose his/her 'mask for the day'. Authenticity, according to Calleja, lies in the fact that each mask contains some real part of us.
Consistently using a black metallic metal devoid of distinct features as the 'base' for all masks, Calleja provides a poignant commentary on the perpetual quest for self-discovery—an exploration shaped by societal norms and social interactions.