Nirasawa decorated African masks (which she bought at the street market in South Africa) with the rhinestones (fake diamonds made in China). Replica masks covered by the replica diamonds: this project is a metaphor of dual fakes/lies. However, we have to think what is the between the truth and the lie? Also, what determines original or the fake?
For example, the mask has been used for the rituals, ceremonies in Africa. To wear mask makes people transform beyond human, also give them another personality. Still, certain tribal people in Africa use the exact same style of rituals as a few thousands years ago. Each tribe has its own characteristics in its design and usage, but these are kept as secrets and are not disclosed to outsiders. They never can tell the secret to anybody outside of community. Then, after all, nobody else the truth of the mask could be exposed to, except people in the tribe. What is the way to know the border between truth or lie about the informations and knowledge of the masks? What we could see in the museum or in books is ambiguous? Unfortunately it is impossible for us to know what is the truth of the masks. Actually all literature about masks were written by the people outside of the original community so far. Is it too much to say that nobody could know the values of the original masks from Africa except people in the tribe?

the Mask - True, I have raped history, but it has produced some beautiful offspring
2021 / African mask covered with the fake diamonds / 38 x 20 x 19 cm
Picasso stole designs from the style of African art. He admitted it himself actually. He represented the designs to the world. The rich culture from Africa has mostly been represented through the context of Western culture. Even more, the African design that we see nowadays, has already transformed into other things not original to Africa. Sometimes lies turn into the truth through long years. Also, the truth turn into lies. These lie and truth accumulations create history. The interaction between truth and lie enrich culture. Throughout time, context has been the most important aspect of art work; not the intrinsic value of the original object or even the material or the concept used to create it.

the Mask - The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes
2021 / African mask covered with the fake diamonds / 46 x 20 x 12 cm
the Mask - History is a myth agreed upon
2020 / African mask covered with the fake diamonds / 40 x 21 x 14 cm
the Mask - A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies
2020 / African mask covered with the fake diamonds / 46 x 13 x 12 cm
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