Clothing the Pandemic

A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World

Bani Adam paper mask

This mask is made of recyclable paper with an inner compostable coffee filter and elasticated ear loops. It is printed with verses from the Persian poem Bani Adam (literally "Children of Adam" or "human beings") by famed Iranian poet Saadi Shirazi (died 1291): "Human beings are members of a whole, in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain." These verses emphasize our connectedness and shared suffering during this global crisis. The English translation is printed on the back.

Mojgan Rahiminejad and Mahrokh Ahankah for Queen Gallery, Canada

Designed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Made in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Recyclable paper with compostable coffee filter insert, ink-jet printed

Royal Ontario Museum
2021.75.3, Gift of Fahmida Suleman 


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