In the fight against the coronavirus, the German government has made mouth and nose protection mandatory in the retail sector as well as on public transport from the end of April. In the age of Covid-19, 85% of the world’s facemasks are manufactured in China, but the pandemic has led to a global surge in demand. Hence, the prices have soared almost tenfold. Hoarders started stockpiling essential products including facemasks resulting in a shortage, even for health care professionals and key workers. For private use, people have started tailoring their own masks or are supporting independent artisans creating a large variety of fashionable masks. It has become a new opportunity for self-expression.
20 portraits were taken with local people in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. The masks were all designed and tailored by my long-term collaborator Anja Perišić, the founder of A.P.Monde, a zero waste fashion label based in Antwerp, Belgium.