The Mask between Us

September 2012 - March 2013

  • Throughout history every culture has engaged, in one form or another, with masks. In the African continent the prevalence of masks and the spectacles that surround them is remarkable. Each mask presented in The Mask between Us carries its unique history and forms part in a larger cultural ethos. Viewers may notice no attempt to offer a comprehensive account of historical and cultural backgrounds. Instead, the African Studies Gallery aims to create an overall impression that depicts the power that masks hold, and to demonstrate how masks became a widespread tool in societal communication.

    The Mask between Us creates a unique viewing experience by displaying the masks hung from the ceiling. The display allows viewers to wonder around as they watch and are being watched through the masks. This allows one to hide, but to also reveal unseen traits and to enact different identities. This experience is reminiscent of the ceremonial masquerades from whence these masks originate.

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    The African Studies Gallery
    Alrov Tower, floor 22
    3 Shadal Street
    Tel Aviv, 66883

    Curator: Idit Toledano
    Exhibition Design: Studio Esh-Binimov
    Web Design: Nadine Rotem-Stibbe
    Online Editor: Maya Brandwine
    Web Development: Théo Goedert


    T: +972 3 729 2100

    Opening Hours

    Sunday-Thursday 10am-5pm
    Friday & Saturday - Gallery is Closed