Photographer Phyllis Galembo shares remarkable images of African masqueraders from her recent book, Maske (Chris Boot, 2010). These portraits document and describe in striking ways the transformative power of the mask. Her subjects participate in traditional African masquerades and contemporary fancy dress and carnival, all of which use costume, body paint and masks to create mythic characters—sometimes entertaining and humorous, often dark and frightening, and always powerful and thrilling. Book signing follows.
National Museum of African Art
Lecture Hall, Sub-Level 2 950
Independence Avenue, SW
Take Metro to Smithsonian Station
TODAY, March 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm.