African artists reimagine the mask
Masks and masquerade have long been used by artists in Africa to define relationships and challenge the status quo. But once removed from their original performance context they become simply museum exhibits hanging on a wall, with their intended messages lost. This exhibition seeks to reconnect with this African practice. It features works from more than 25 contemporary artists from Africa and of African descent, including photography, sculptures and video. These pieces are backed up by a selection of traditional masks, headdresses and costumes. Disguise: Masks and Global African Art runs at the Brooklyn Museum in New York until September 18. For more information visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.
Disguise: Masks and Global African Art reconnects masks and headdresses with their messages.