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Dissimulō is a thesis intallation piece created by Lily Tieu Phung Diep and Isabel Peñaranda Gaviria

Applying creative techniques in projection technology, design, and fabrication, Dissimulō is a modern-day critique on the energy expended by individuals in order to function in spaces that asks us to be something other than what we are. As a whole, Dissimulō gives insight into the life of someone who wears different masks to function in society.


“As two introverts living in an extroverted society, we are aware of the masks we have to put on in order to fit the requirements of our social environments.”

“It is common for us to feel like we are performing versions of ourselves for others. We want the viewer to consider the effort it takes for many of us to present ourselves to the world.”


The screen portion of Dissimulō includes animations that illustrate a puppet who discovers himself in a mask producing factory. Everyone around is forced to wear these masks. The animations are presented inside of a miniature theatre designed in the style of Victorian-era architecture but painted white to reflect a modern approach. The theatre also acts as a shadowbox, with two sides acting out scenes inspired by environments within the animated story.

Dissimulō  was on displayed in the FCAD Window at Ryerson University, on Yonge st. From April 2020 to September 2020.

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