In conjunction with De Nieuwe Kerk’s exhibition, ‘Magical Africa – Masks and Sculptures from Ivory Coast’, Visual artist and filmmaker Ellis Faas was commissioned to make a film which drew on inspiration from the traditional masks of the Ivory Coast.
She explains, ‘Since ancient times, humans have been using masks – in order to express power and authority; to feel self-confident; to stand out or to hide behind; to not be recognised and disappear into the masses. Not only by traditional masks, but also by disguising and ornamental elements such as clothing, jewellery, hair and makeup. But can one truly change one’s identity, or is it merely a temporary transformation? And who or what defines someone’s true identity? Is it the mask, is it the human being behind the mask, or maybe even the creator of the mask?’
The “Magical Africa – Masks and Sculptures from Ivory Coast. The Artists Revealed” exhibition will begin tomorrow and will run at De Nieuwe Kerk until February 15, 2015. To learn more, visit: nieuwekerk.nl/en/
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