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Phyllis Galembo

Boot, 2010
192 pages
Fully illustrated, colour
ISBN: 9781905712175

Phyllis Galembo's interest in the masquerade traditions of Africa and its diaspora began twenty five years ago, with her first visit to Nigeria. Since then, she has travelled widely in west and central Africa, and regularly to Haiti, making portraits that document and describe the transformative power of the mark.

Her subjects are participants in masquerade events, both traditional African ceremonies and contemporary fancy dress and carnival, all of whom use costume, body paint and masks to create mythic characters - sometimes entertaining and humorous, often dark and frightening, and always powerful and thrilling.

Title after the Haitian Kreyol word for mask, Maske is the first comprehensive collection of these portraits.


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