Phyllis Galembo: Maske

The clothes we wear invariably telegraph information about our identity, our place in society and the stories we wish to convey about ourselves The fantastically colorful costumes specific to African and Caribbean rituals and celebrations go several steps further, transforming ordinary people into mythic figures and magicians, tricksters and gods, and symbolizing the roleThe clothes we wear invariably telegraph information about our identity, our place in society and the stories we wish to convey about ourselves The fantastically colorful costumes specific to African and Caribbean rituals and celebrations go several steps further, transforming ordinary people into mythic figures and magicians, tricksters and gods, and symbolizing the roles their wearers play in the ancient dramas that form the cornerstones of their cultural heritage Phyllis Galembo began photographing the characters and costumes of African masquerade in Nigeria in 1985, and since then she has continued developing her theme throughout Africa and the Caribbean This volume collects 108 thrilling carnival photographs from Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Zambia and Haiti In magnificent color shots, Galembo s subjects pose in striped bodysuits that cover the entire body, including the face or outfits made entirely of bunched greenery or a lacquered wooden mask topped with a headdress featuring full body models of other characters or an oversize misshapen animal head and plywood wings The carnival characters, rooted in African religion and spirituality, are presented in chapters organized by tribal or carnival tradition and are accompanied by Galembo s personal commentary, shedding light on the characters and costumes portrayed, and on the events in which they play a pivotal role Maske is a serious contribution to ethnographic study, a photo essay about fashion and an assembly of superb images.
Phyllis Galembo Maske The clothes we wear invariably telegraph information about our identity our place in society and the stories we wish to convey about ourselves The fantastically colorful costumes specific to African

  • Title: Phyllis Galembo: Maske
  • Author: Phyllis Galembo Chika Okeke-Agulu
  • ISBN: 9781905712175
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Phyllis Galembo: Maske”

    1. Incredible photographs and commentary. Of all the photos in here my favorite is "A Spirit They Saw": a really minimalist costume, red and white, featureless, draped over a man standing like an unlit candle. In the hands of another photographer this might have been a coffee table book of third world couture but this seems to be a labor of reciprocity and mutual interest. Obsessed by societies where the supernatural, superstitious and paranormal figures in as a matter of fact not fantasy, and I th [...]

    2. Beautiful images of incredible masks and masquerade outfits. The work and skill and imagination and historyholy shit, so inspiring! Each region that gets featured also has a page talking about the different traditions and organizations involved with masking and the different methods of protocol involved in gaining permission to take these photos. I find this latter component especially endearing and respectable, and the way she discusses this process is reason enough to check this book out. The [...]

    3. This is a book of photos of masqueraders and carnival characters from Africa and Haiti. I found the images stunning. Since I am an avid collector of primitive (huh?) masks, it filled in a space in my eduction.

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