Aperture In Person
Talk and Book Signing with Phyllis Galembo
Wednesday, March 16
Join Aperture Foundation and Phyllis Galembo to celebrate the new Aperture edition of Maske, back in print by popular demand. Galembo will speak about her work, which documents cultural and religious traditions in Africa and among the African Diaspora, as well as present new works. A book signing will follow.
Galembo travels widely throughout western and central Africa, and regularly to Haiti. Her photographic subjects are participants in masquerade events—traditional African ceremonies and contemporary costume parties and carnivals—who use costume, body paint, and masks to create mythic characters. Sometimes entertaining and humorous, often dark and frightening, her portraits document and describe the transformative power of the mask.
Phyllis Galembo (born in New York, 1952) has been a professor in the Department of Art at the University at Albany, SUNY, since 1978. Galembo has made over twenty trips to sites of ritual masquerade in Africa and the Caribbean, capturing cultural performances with a subterranean political edge. Her photographs have been exhibited by museums including the American Museum of Natural History, New York; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.; and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. In 1994, Galembo received a Senior Fulbright Research Award to photograph Kings, Chiefs and Women of Power: Images from Nigeria. In 2001 she received a Hasselblad Masters Award as well as an Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She exhibited at the 2013 Venice Biennale, and is a 2014 Guggenheim fellow. She lives and works in New York.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charina Endowment Fund, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Inc., and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation.
Image: Phyllis Galembo, Mami Wata Masquerade, Alok Village, Nigeria, 2004