Sunday, November 2, 2008

Minganji and Gitenga Masquerade

So I'm researching African mask and masquerade for an exhibition proposal for my African Art Forms. I found this image while researching different dances. It's of the Pende peoples minganji and gitenga costumes worn by masqueraders. They remind me of Björk's costume for her Volta promo shoot.

This outfit was knit by the Icelandic Love Corporation, and it seems as if they based the design for her costume on the Pende dance costumes. It's neat to see African life and dance influence other peoples art work, however orientalist it may be.

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