African Masks                                                                                                            1999

The masks originate from the Ivory Coast to Nigeria, from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Ghana. Through violent processes of colonization, these spiritual and artistic objects made their way into the hands of Europeans and Americans. Were they commercially manufactured or were they sacred objects? Who was meant to see them? Were they purchased or taken by force?

Through experiments with darkroom processes, these images strive to investigate the ethereal unknown.

Originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on February 7, 1999

Yoruba
Yoruba

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Songye Mask, DRC
Songye Mask, DRC

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Senufo Rhythm Pounder, Ivory Coast
Senufo Rhythm Pounder, Ivory Coast

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Okuyi Mask, Gabon
Okuyi Mask, Gabon

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Fertility Statue
Fertility Statue

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Ceremonial Mask, Ivory Coast
Ceremonial Mask, Ivory Coast

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Wooden Bust, Benin
Wooden Bust, Benin

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Akua Doll, Ghana
Akua Doll, Ghana

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Duality of Human Nature, DRC
Duality of Human Nature, DRC

Toned Gelatin Silver Print