The works in Disguise: Masks and Global African Art are organized around the idea that masquerade is always an art of becoming.
This image comes from a performance Wura-Natasha Ogunji commissioned in Lagos, in which women took on the role of “Futuristic Egungun,” carrying kegs of water strapped to their ankles. The work was both a radical reclamation of the egungun masquerade tradition, a role typically forbidden to women, and a commentary on the often-hidden everyday labor of women.
Posted by Kevin D. Dumouchelle and Meghan Bill
Wura-Natasha Ogunji (American, born 1970). Performance Still from “Will I Still Carry Water When I Am a Dead Woman?” 2013. Photograph. Courtesy of the artist © Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Photo: courtesy of the artist and Seattle Art Museum