Alejandro García Restrepo, Medellín, Colombia.
Referring to a mask as a law of nature is another way of saying that it cannot be escaped or transcended; there is no getting beyond or beneath it.
But when Deleuze describes the intention of interpretation, we find it is ‘an art of piercing masks, of discovering the one that masks himself, why he does it and the point of keeping up the mask while it is being reshaped’.”
The Nietzschean-inspired disavowal of ideology is based on the claim that critique is only an ongoing series of interpretations where masks give way to nothing but more of their own. Deleuze’s instruction is to pierce masks so that motivations and strategies can be discovered, whether they belong to subjects or to a particular manifestation of power.
The obvious implication is that the appearance of a mask obscures other qualities that are potentially more fundamental than just another mask.