PASSAGES Traveling Exhibition
This powerful exhibit of African tribal ceremonies reflects 30 years of commitment to preserving the endangered cultures and peoples of 90 tribes across Africa. Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher pay homage to the rituals that mark every important occasion in tribal life — birth, initiation, courtship, marriage, royal coronations, seasonal rituals, healing exorcisms, and death. These images are the result of a long, enduring and deeply respectful relationship with tribal peoples. This, combined with Beckwith and Fisher’s extraordinary photographic skills, creates an intimate portrayal of ceremonies long held secret that might have never been recorded. It is an exhibit that both preserves and presents the power, complexity and celebration found within the rituals of African tribal life.
The exhibition presents 92 color photographs, 2' x 4' to 10' x 1', plus 6 video segments and music by British musician, composer David Bradnum. Additionally artefacts may accompany the exhibition from host museum, university or gallery collections.
The exhibition photographs are drawn from Beckwith and Fisher’s award-winning publication, the 2-volume definitive reference African Ceremonies, and are included in Passages, the soft-cover accompaniment to this exhibition.
Critically acclaimed by the New York Times (“a visual feast”), Time Magazine (“a magnificent documenting of the continent’s rapidly vanishing kaleidoscope of tribal rights”) and The Wall Street Journal (“…these two women have gone further and deeper into tribal Africa than any photographers have gone before”).
PREVIOUS EXHIBITION VENUES:
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, New York, July – Sep 2000
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi, July – Oct 2002
Borges Centro Cultural, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 2002 – March 2003
Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida, Feb – May 2003
Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May – August 2003
National Geographic Museum, Washington DC, Oct 2004 – Jan 2005
The Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, Nov 2008 – Aug 2009
The Museum of Natural Science, Turin, Italy, Nov 2009 – Jan 2010
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