About the Work

Masquerade, Gossina Village, Burkina Faso, 2006 
10 x 10 on 11 x 14 inch archival rag paper
Archival digital print

Galembo never learns the identity of any of the masquerade participants, allowing her to focus on the aesthetics of the costume as relayed through the photograph. Her artistic aim is to collaborate with the sitter, creating a portrait of the costume and sometimes the character that the participant performs. Her use of a medium format film camera allows her to capture every nuance and detail of this vibrant and vital tradition.


  • Colin Quashie – Charleston, SC
  • David Boatwright – Charleston, SC
  • Don ZanFagna – Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Eames Demetrios – Los Angeles, CA
  • Erica Harris – Brooklyn, NY
  • Fahamu Pecou – Atlanta, GA
  • Geoffrey Cormier – James Island, SC with Michelle Van Parys, Charleston SC
  • Hamid Rahmanian – Brooklyn, NY
  • Heather McClintock – Boone, NC
  • Jiha Moon – Atlanta, GA
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • Joseph Burwell – Brooklyn, NY
  • Kathleen Robbins – Columbia, SC
  • Kendall Messick – New York
  • Leslie Wayne – New York City, NY
  • Martha Strawn – High Springs, FL
  • Motoi Yamamoto – Kanazawa, Japan
  • Nancy Marshall – McClellanville, SC
  • Pedro Lobo – Évora, Portugal
  • Phyllis Galembo – New York City, NY
  • Pinky Bass – Fairhope, AL
  • Renee Stout – Washington, DC
  • Renée Stout – Washington, DC
  • Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – NY, NY
  • Tanja Softic´ – Richmond, VA
  • Tom Stanley – Rock Hill, SC
  • Phyllis Galembo – New York City, NY

    Phyllis Galembo, Professor of Photography at the University of Albany, State University of New York has been traveling the world in search of the roots of masquerade. Her work can be seen in five published books and a multitude of past solo exhibitions. Her twenty-eight year journey has taken her through North, Central and South America, Europe, and now, her most recent forays have been in the West African nations of Benin, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. A comprehensive exhibition of her West African work was mounted in 2006 by the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in New York and is being toured by the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

    This image is courtesy of the artist and Steven Kasher Gallery, New York.

    Phyllis Galembo was a featured artist in the Halsey Institute’s Call and Response: Africa to America with artist, Nick Cave in the spring of 2010.



    Each year we offer a new set of limited edition prints available exclusively to our members at the Postmodernist level and up. Artists who have been a part of the Halsey Institute’s programming have specially created these prints for us. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. Many of the prints are featured on the walls of our hall of Patron Prints located on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, just down the hall of the Halsey Institute.  Gradually, you can build your art collection while supporting adventurous contemporary art in Charleston! For more information, please contact Tatjana Beylotte at beylottetf@cofc.edu or 843-953-5652.


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