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Phyllis Galembo: Maske Hardcover – September 30, 2010
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This is simply to forewarn, not to discourage, would-be buyers. The costumes are delightful, inventive, utterly wonderful. In spite of my somewhat serious quibbles with the production of the book, I'm still glad to have it.
From the back cover : " 'Maske' is an album of Phyllis Galembo's powerful and thrilling masquerade photographs from Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Zambia, and Haiti." And these portraits are indeed powerful and thrilling...Okay - It's true that the photographs are posed and static, and it's also true that there is too little in the way of descriptions of each costume, and...yes...the presentation is a little spare and unbalanced....BUT.....the images themselves are striking and visceral works of art. The photographs have a wonderful dreamlike quality, as if they were tribal art seen through the lens of David Lynch. The book features vibrant, beautifully lit mask and costume art, modeled by almost entirely anonymous people, captured in a photographic museum which appeals to the tribal art lover in me, but which I honestly believe will appeal to all lovers of art and photography.
Please see past the books faults to appreciate a simply wonderful book, which has immediately become one of my favorite portrayals of "Man As Art".
Phyllis Galembo, likely more than any investigator artist, has spent considerable time seeking knowledge of the spirit rituals of both Africa and the Caribbean, places where people are more sensitive to the things they cannot explain but feel the need to placate or honor. This beautifully designed book features over one hundred highly color-saturated photographs of the costumes created and worn by the peoples of various cultures. Organized in chapters according to regional traditions and customs, Galembo has gained permission from the people to make these extraordinary photographs.
There is no sense of mocking or of inappropriate marketing of these costumed people: Galembo has been gathering these images for over 25 years and during that time she has become a confidant, an artist with the ability to transmit trust to the people she visits and coaxes into being photographed. The costumes are highly creative and richly colorful - for lack of a better comparison think Tim Burton or Federico Fellini or Julie Taymor - and incorporate the entire boy in the costume paraphernalia. The costumes, by chapter, are from Nigeria, Haiti, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin. The materials of the costumes vary form natural products, built from wood accents, body paint, richly colorful fabric - most anything available to create these otherworldly characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a great book that relates to the Klee book on puppets and is a must own book.
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I received my book today and it is spectacular! I've traveled all over Africa yet some of these I've never seen. Just beautiful!Published on February 1, 2014 by Diane A. Skolnique
The photos are incredible and the stories that go with them are intriguing. Would highly recommend this book to anyone!Published on June 5, 2013 by Pat
Great ideas come from great images. This book has something as I've never seen them though I've been to quite a few museums. The images are clear and speak for themselves. Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by paperbag doll