We have been celebrating Black History Month in schools in East London. We held two workshops focusing on masks and masquerades.
-The African Art of Recycling: Tradition and modernity
We explored the work of contemporary artist Romauld Hazoume (Republic of Benin).
-Bamana puppets from Mali Storytelling
The art of Malian puppet theatre, called Sogo bo (the animals come forth), is practiced by the Bamana people. The objective of this workshop was to build stories based on African storytelling and characters and act them out on the main stage.
Our main aim was to reflect about the importance and real meaning of masks and puppets in some societies in Africa. Here are some of the results!