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An honour to be showing works by phyllis galembo in our upcoming exhibition, 'out of the whirlwind's radiance', opening this thursday.
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over the last thirty years, american artist phyllis galembo has been investigating the transformative power of full-body masquerade in africa and its diaspora through her portrait photography. through the systematic placement of her richly costumed sitters in front of neutral backgrounds such as painted walls and trees, the resulting sumptuous photographs are both revelatory and celebratory. the titles of the works ‘mami wata’ and ‘lasirene’ are different names for the mermaid spirit prominent across central - west africa and haiti respectively. these pieces demonstrate the co-evolution of religion and culture in west africa and the caribbean, and the importance of masquerade on both sides of the atlantic.
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exhibition: 23rd august - 29th september
private view: 13th september 6 - 8.30pm
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