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Photography Credit: Camilla Buzzai

The Story

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The smile bridle draws its name and design from the scold’s bridle, a Renaissance metal tool used for silencing and publicly humiliating transgressive individuals, particularly women who did not conform to societal norms.

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Also called the mask of shame, this tool was made up of a curb plate that by pressing the tongue down, would prevent women from speaking, causing excessive salivation and pain in the mouth.​Throughout this parallel, this work deconstructs the happiness imperative that shapes today's society.

 

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