Masks (click on ‘masks’ for a short video to see the masks in all their glory!) Frame width 25.5cms, length 28cms, depth 9cms. Paper mache mask made out of ripped up old school exercise books, mashed in a bucket with water using feet, layered in gold leaf paper and bedazzled with rhinestones. Professionally framed, the piece is set in a thick black stained, wooden box-frame and gold wood inlay, fronted by glass with a secure back hanging. Light enough to hang on a wall, chunky enough to stand on its own. This is the Quartermaster from the Hidden Treasure series. 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.
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