Fag Face Mask – October 20, 2012, Los Angeles, CA, from Facial Weaponization Suite, 2011-present © Zach Blas

Zach Blas
*1981 in Point Pleasant
lives in Los Angeles


Facial Weaponization Suite develops “collective masks” in community-based workshops  as forms of aesthetic resistance against biometric facial recognition and the inequalities these technologies propagate. One mask in the suite, Fag Face Mask, is a response to scientific studies that link determining sexual orientation through rapid facial recognition techniques. This mask is generated from the biometric facial data of many queer men’s faces, resulting in an amorphous mask that cannot be detected by biometric technologies. 


Read Zach Blas' essay Escape the Face here