Decoration of the face and body in fashion, beauty and the arts
Friday, 17 December 2010
Phyllis Galembo - Masks
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.