What's in a Mask?: what really happens when someone wears a mask in Nigeria | University of Oxford

What's in a Mask?: what really happens when someone wears a mask in Nigeria

Professor John Picton
14:30 - 15:30
Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PP

Entry via the Oxford Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW

Gallery tours / talks
Free
Yes
Not required

Professor John Picton, Emeritus Professor of African Art at the University of London's School of African Studies, will be speaking about West African masks. Professor Picton says that it is important to understand that the relationship between a mask, the person wearing it, and the mask-in-performance, is neither simple, nor straight-forward and he will be elaborating on aspects of power, performance, disguise, secrecy, colour and imagery in specific masks from Nigeria. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to hear this renowned expert talk on the complex and mysterious subject of masking and masquerade in Nigeria.