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Persona: Masks of Africa, Hidden and Revealed Identities

Persona: Masks of Africa, Hidden and Revealed Identities (Paperback)

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Covering images of exceptional African masks alongside contemporary African art, this beautifully designed and powerful book presents original look at the role of the mask in African culture. Based on an exhibition of 180 masks - more than 100 from the outstanding collection at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium - and works by contemporary African artists, this extraordinary book offers a new interpretation of the mask as the universal object that both hides and reveals. Beautifully designed, "Persona" presents masks organized by their usage, the dances, and rituals they serve and the belief system they display. The contemporary works, selected for their artistry, formal boldness, and intrinsic messages, arouse a similar aesthetic response, but serve a different function from the ritual masks. This stunningly illustrated and engaging book explores both the real and emblematic roles of the mask, as objects which are 'devitalized' when placed in museums but which nevertheless prompt questions of identity, self-esteem, and conceptions of the other in Western society.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesArt styles not defined by date Publisher: Five Continents Editions Publication Date: 01/09/2009 ISBN-13: 9788874395132  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Anne-Marie Bouttiaux is Head Curator of the Ethnographic Section of the Royal Museum of Central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium. She is also Editor of the "Visions of Africa" series published by 5 Continents Editions.

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