Imagine that you put a camera in your room, because you want to see how you sleep. When you watch through the footage next morning, you see how a tall man with shoulder length black hair and odd clothing comes to your room in the middle of the night. He adjusts your blanket and then watches as you sleep, occasionally stroking your hair or brushing his fingers over your cheek. You are terrified and wonder if it was the first time or has he been visiting you like this every night.
You decide to wait and see what happens. You go to sleep again after making sure that all the doors and windows are closed and locked. But when you watch through the footage again next morning, you see that he has visited you again. He doesn’t do anything or attempt anything, he just watches as you sleep. You decide to stay up that night to catch him. You climb into bed and pretend to be asleep. It’s not too hard because fear keeps you awake.
You don’t hear anything as he enters your room. Suddenly you feel a hand stroke your hair and with a shriek you quickly sit up. The strange man takes few steps back, surprised that you’re awake. You just stare at him in silence and strangely you get lost in his beautiful emerald green eyes. After awhile he explains who he is, says that he has been watching over you for some time now and admits that he’s intrigued by you. As weird as it is, you just kind of accept it and go back to sleep. You feel him climb into bed behind you and he pulls you to his chest. When you awake next morning, he’s gone. You feel slightly sad and can’t wait to see him again.

The works in Disguise: Masks and Global African Art are organized around the idea that masquerade is always an art of becoming.

Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou has developed his own unique aesthetic, experimenting with a variety of camera formats and printing processes. His compositions are at once evocative of ethnographic or museological “types” and reflections of everyday Beninois life, but always with a heightened, almost surrealistic edge—much like the experience of masquerade itself.

Posted by Kevin D. Dumouchelle and Meghan Bill
Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou (Beninese, born 1965). Untitled, Egungun Series, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Bell Gallery, London. © Leonce Agbodjélou. Photo: Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery, London


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