African artists reimag­ine the mask

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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.brook­lyn­mu­

Courtesy Johnathan Do­rado.

Dis­guise: Masks and Global African Art re­con­nects masks and head­dresses with their mes­sages.

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