Hidden Treasure, Pink Mask
Frame width 23.3cms, length 28.5 height, depth 6.1cms.
Paper mache mask made out of ripped up old school exercise books, mashed in a bucket with water using feet, layered in pink tissue paper and bedazzled with rhinestones. Set in an open fronted black box-frame with a secure back hanging.
Many refugees feel like a wasted, valuable resource, hidden from view and the media stage, forgotten, living in the sandy wilderness of Kakuma. The masks are made by lots of children in the camp, led by Ethiopian artist Cuba, to uphold the tradition of African mask making. As wood is scarce and prioritised for building, the masks were made using old books instead. The Art Collective took these objects and reinvented them, inspired by the idea of hidden pirate treasure.