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Phyllis Galembo: Mexico Masks Rituals

Text by Sergio Rodríguez Blanco, George Otis.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Phyllis Galembo: Mexico Masks Rituals.'

The acclaimed photographer of African masks turns her lens to the astounding mask cultures of Mexico

Since 1985, photographer Phyllis Galembo has traveled extensively to photograph sites of ritual dress in Africa and the Caribbean. In her latest body of work, collected in this new publication, Galembo turns to Mexico, where she captures cultural performances with a subterranean political edge. Using a direct, unaffected portrait style, Galembo captures her subjects informally posed but often strikingly attired in traditional or ritualistic dress.

Masking is a complex tradition in which the participants transcend the physical world and enter the spiritual realm. Masks, costumes and body paint transform the human body and encode a rich range of political, artistic, theatrical, social and religious meanings on the body. In her vibrant color photographs, Galembo highlights the artistry of the performers, how they use materials from their immediate environment to morph into a fantastical representation of themselves and an idealized vision of a mythical figure. In a gorgeous, fascinating photographic survey of Mexico’s masking practices, Galembo captures her subjects suspended between past, present and future, with their religious, political and cultural affiliations—their personal and collective identifications—displayed on their bodies.

Photographer Phyllis Galembo (born 1952) received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1977, and was Professor in the Fine Arts Department of SUNY Albany from 1978 to 2018. A 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, Galembo has photographs in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. Her photographs of ritual masks in Africa, the Diaspora and beyond have been the subject of several monographic publications, including Maske (Aperture, 2016).


Featured image is reproduced from 'Phyllis Galembo: Mexico Masks Rituals.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Musee

Mariah McCloskey

Delving into the ritualistic aspects of the native Mestizo, Galembo helps to retrieve a deeper appreciation for the transculturation of the natives.

Guardian

In her vibrant colour photographs, Galembo highlights the artistry of the performers, how they use materials from their immediate environment to morph into a fantastical representation of themselves and an idealised vision of a mythical figure.

AnOther

Belle Hutton

Mexico, Masks & Rituals, a book that compiles ten year’s worth of her captivating photography in the country.

Huck

Miss Rosen

In her new book Mexico Masks Rituals, Phyllis Galembo photographs the captivating art made exclusively for ritual.

Creative Boom

Katy Cowan

Brought together in a new book, Phyllis Galembo: Mexico, Masks & Rituals, the fascinating survey captures cultural performances with a subterranean political edge.

Vogue

Chioma Nnadi

...Galembo’s images offer an awe-inspiring counterpoint, a rare bridge onto a culture in which creativity and self-expression are close to the divine.

Library Journal

Micahel Dashkin

Students of ethnography, dance, and even costume design or fashion will value this title. The intensely colorful images, aided by the attractive graphic design, will captivate photography enthusiasts.

Plain Magazine

Kala Barba-Court

Mexico Masks & Rituals features the country’s cultural performances tinged with a subterranean political edge in the form of intricately detailed, colorful masks and costumes.

Tatler

Francesca Carington

Galembo’s book is a riot of colour – celebrating the individuality, creativity and craftsmanship that goes into these masks and costumes. Organised by festival, each collection of photographs is prefaced with text explaining the customs and figures that appear in each ritual. Bright, theatrical, uncanny at times, but full of life, it’s a fascinating, beautiful study.

Square Magazine

In a gorgeous, fascinating photographic survey of Mexico’s masking practices, Galembo captures her subjects suspended between past, present and future, with their religious, political and cultural affiliations—their personal and collective identifications—displayed on their bodies.

NPR

Cathy Newman

Mexico Masks/Rituals restores the mask — and the political, cultural, religious and social messages it can telegraph — from tourist commodity to its role as an artifact of ritual and celebration.

In the In-Between

Roula Seikaly

Mexico, Masks | Rituals – advances the artist’s passion in a concentrated study of celebrations that blend colonialist and indigenous socio-religious practices in Mexico.

Wonderland: Boston

Greg Cook

Mexico: Masks | Rituals offers vivid portraits of people costumed as Easter Wise Men and shepherds, as jaguars and foxes and tigers, as demons, as skeleton women in elaborate gowns, as indigenous peoples resisting Spanish colonists. [...] Dazzling masks of contemporary Mexican festivals.

L'Officiel

Joseph Akel

Mexico Mask Rituals amounts to a rich survey of a nation’s cultural and religious practices, highlighting performative ceremonial rites that have adapted to the present while celebrating the past.

Something Curated

[Mexico Masks Rituals] illuminates the transformative power of costume and ritual.

Photograph

Lyle Rexer

As societies change and practices disappear or are transformed, [Galembo's] portraits not only retain the details of cultural production, they also serve as a continuing celebration of creativity and a reminder of the value of human diversity.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/17/2019

Find Halloween & Day of the Dead inspiration in Phyllis Galembo's 'Mexico Masks Rituals'

Find unexpected Halloween inspiration in Phyllis Galembo's 'Mexico Masks Rituals'

For anyone looking to get away from this season's out-of-the-box vampires, ghosts, skeletons and witches, old school DIY Halloween and Day of the Dead inspiration can be found in Phyllis Galembo's fascinating new photography monograph on the ritual masks, costumes and cultures of Mexico. Worn on festival days that often combine elements of indigenous and Catholic holidays, the masks, costumes and body paint that Galembo documented over several years traveling throughout of the country are all highly symbolic and specific to the characters of each regional festival. Pictured here is a character from Danza de los Santiagueros during the festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Chignautla, Puebla, 2015. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/23/2019

Morbid Anatomy presents 'Mexico Masks Rituals: An Evening with Photographer Phyllis Galembo' at Green-Wood Cemetery

Morbid Anatomy presents 'Mexico Masks Rituals: An Evening with Photographer Phyllis Galembo' at Green-Wood Cemetery

Thursday, May 23, from 6:30–8 PM, Morbid Anatomy presents photographer Phyllis Galembo giving a highly illustrated talk about her work on the new book, Mexico Masks Rituals, and beyond, at Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn. Book signing to follow.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/30/2019

Join us for the launch of Phyllis Galembo's 'Mexico Masks Rituals' at Howl!

Join us for the launch of Phyllis Galembo's 'Mexico Masks Rituals' at Howl!

Thursday, May 30 from 7–9PM, Howl! Happening will host a book party and signing to celebrate the launch of Phyllis Galembo: Mexico Masks Rituals, published by Radius Books and D.A.P. Publishing. Join us for a festive night of music, projected images and libations to celebrate Galembo's newest body of work!
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/27/2019

Join Artbook | D.A.P. for signings at AIPAD 2019!

Join Artbook | D.A.P. for signings at AIPAD 2019!

Join us April 3-7 at the AIPAD Photography Show 2019, Pier 94, New York, where we will present new, classic and rare books from an array of the world's most respected photography publishers in BOOTH 629, alongside a specially curated selection of STEIDL books. Come early for advance copies of Fazal Sheikh & Teju Cole: Human Archipelago and Phyllis Galembo: Mexico Masks Rituals (which Galembo will be signing on Saturday), plus featured titles like Polarnography, Skira's limited edition of 100 boxed, never-before-published Polaroids by Nobuyoshi Araki and SPBH Editions' new Jean-Vincent Simonet photobook, In Bloom. Public Vernissage is 5–8 PM, Wednesday, April 3.

JOIN US FOR SIGNINGS WITH MONA KUHN, KARINE LAVAL, MARTHA WILSON, PHYLLIS GALEMBO, RENATE ALLER & VINCE ALETTI!
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Phyllis Galembo: Mexico Masks Rituals

PHYLLIS GALEMBO: MEXICO MASKS RITUALS

Text by Sergio Rodríguez Blanco, George Otis.

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