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Maske by Phyllis Galembo -Makishi & Lakishi masquerades & more

July 1, 2013

see also even more African tribal dances; Shangaan & Makishi dancers & singers

Maske Phyllis Galembo -cover

Maske Phyllis Galembo -cover

one of the most fascinating books about African masks that I own must be ‘Maske’ by Phyllis Galembo,  a professor of Art at the State University of New York whose pictures are frequently exhibited in museums around the world. Her work is also collected by all major institutions such as the Library of Congress in Washington DC, the MOMA in NYC etc.

Galembo’s previous books include “Divine Inspiration; From Benin to Bahia” (1993), ‘Vodou, Visions and Voices from Haiti “(1998) and” Dressed for Thrills, 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerades “(2002). From Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Benin to Haiti “Maske”(2010) showcases the most beautiful photographs of masquerades from Africa and its diaspora. A well recommended photobook!

Maske Phyllis Galembo -Chileya (wise male ancestor) Likishi Masquerade, Kaoma, Zambia 2007

Maske Phyllis Galembo -Chileya (wise male ancestor) Likishi Masquerade, Kaoma, Zambia 2007

Maske Phyllis Galembo -KaJet (Airplane) Likishi Masquerade, Kaoma, Zambia 2007

Maske Phyllis Galembo -Kambulo and Kapada (they start the dance) -Makishi Masquerade, Kaoma,Zambia 2007

Maske Phyllis Galembo -Kambulo and Kapada (they start the dance) -Makishi Masquerade, Kaoma, Zambia 2007

Maske Phyllis Galembo -Kanjelela - Zambia 2007

Maske Phyllis Galembo -Kanjelela (the biggest one) – Likishi Masquerade, Kaoma, Zambia 2007

For over two decades, Phyllis Galembo has documented cultural and religious traditions in Africa and the African diaspora. Her subjects are participants in masquerade events-traditional African ceremonies and contemporary fancy dress and carnival-who use costume, body paint and masks to create mythic characters . Sometimes entertaining and humorous, or dark and frightening, her portraits document and describe the transformative power of the mask. With a title derived from the Haitian Kreyòl word ‘maské’, meaning ‘to wear a mask’, this album features a selection of over a hundred of the best of Galembo’s masquerade photographs to date. Organised country-based chapters, each with her own commentary.

Introduction by Chika Okeke-Agulu

First published 2010 by Chris Boot

ISBN 978-1-905712-17-5

for more information visit http://www.chrisboot.com

this post includes text from the original liner notes and pictures from the book

One comment

  1. Wow, fantastic pictures. A book filled with inspiration!!!



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