Gluing together apparatus from familiar games (chess pieces, playing cards, pick-up sticks), 24-year-old Swiss photography student Marie Rime's Masques series started as an art school project on games, before evolving into a wider exploration of the idea of power - a recurring theme throughout her more recent work. Inspired by tribal art and its connection to the notion of conflict, Rime constructed colourful "armour" from board games found in secondhand shops. "When I started this project, I asked myself whether players are trying to seduce or disturb or intimidate their opponents. . . But now I think it's everything at once," she says.
'Tribal masks are like flags,' she says. 'It's important they're symmetrical.'
The accessories, knitted by Rime's grandmother, represent chain mail.
'I chose female models because, as a woman, that's what I know best.'
Rime started by gluing the pieces to her head, before deciding to make masks.
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