The Art of Autism PRESENTS “Mime Project: Masking”
I challenge you to 8 minutes of silence. In today’s fast paced world, this approx. 8 minute video may seem like too much commitment.
It’s probably longish, it’s message has probably been said before, and the ‘poem’ needs work, sure, but it IS relevant to so many autistic folks and/or selective mutes like me who have felt the need for personas just to… fake a normal. Or…what is perceived as normal, that is… Oh: Most importantly, it is heartfelt.
Thanks to Silas Gonzalez for helping me with the short film. “Faking normal,” or uh, not being “out” about diagnosis, is a way to feel part of things, or a way to blend in, or to land a job, mix with a clique etc. This masking is against the grain. It hurts too much. When will everyone unmask? Probably when it feels safe to “simply be.”
Kimberly Gerry-Tucker is an artist, QA tester, and writer. She is the author of Under The Banana Moon, living, loving, loss and aspergers/selective mutism. She resides in Connecticut with her pets and significant other Al and serves on the board for The Art of Autism nonprofit.