Friday, 17 December 2010

Phyllis Galembo - Masks

Phyllis Galembo
Baby Dance of Etikpe, Cross River, Nigeria, 2004
Transformed into something exotic, charged, even frightening, the masks photographed by Phyliss Galembo combine a legacy of masquerade, for carnival or for possession by the Gods combined with personal creativity and ingenuity. The portraits are not of people in their ordinary dress — they are intentionally unearthly, fantastic, shocking and wild while documenting the power of the mask.

Phyllis Galembo, Okpo Masquerade, Calabar South, Nigeria, 2005

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