Galembo Believers




One of the photographs in Masquerade, a decade shows a lavishly costumed Egungun dancer in Benin, Africa. In a way the incongruous background reveals that the costume is actually part of an intense ritual dance for which the participants transformed themselves into something wild and dazzling, something they believe themselves to be. Phyllis Galembo (new york. 1952) follows West African rituals and their diasporic manifestations in Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, nigeria and Benin. Fortunately for us, Galembo found the time to throw light on her enchanting and striking analogue photography.

Besides the publication of this series we also had a nice talk with Phyllis about them.