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Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou

From Hiz Hands, 2010, Brenda​n Fernandes.

Jacob Dwight

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Lighted imagery and information share an affinity with the human brain.

Jakob Dwight​​

The Autonomous Prism / MSK03, 2010-2014 

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Zina Saro-Wiwa

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We create whirl-​winds...
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Zina Saro-Wiwa​

The Invisible Man, 2014

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Brendan Fernandes


...to show how we keep the fake idea of the primitive alive.

Brendan Fernandes​​

Dada Afrika IV, 2010

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Jacolby Satterwhite

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By not having a face, I become a prop in the space.

Jacolby Satterwhite

En Plein Air: Abduction II, 2014

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Nandipha Mntambo

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I think we all have a dark, animalistic side of ourselves.

​Nandipha Mntambo

Europa, 2008 

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Wura-Natasha Ogunji

I want to interrupt someone's daily journey with something different.

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Wura-Natasha Ogunji

An Ancestor Takes a Photograph, 2014​ 

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Walter Oltmann

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My woven suits reflect very overtly on our preoccupation with barriers and defences in our society.

Walter Oltmann

Bristle Disguise (detail), 2014

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Saya Woolfalk

I construct objects, bodies, and landscapes to immerse us in the logic of another place.

Saya Woolfalk​​

ChimaTEK: Virtual Chimeric Space, 2015

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Sam Venon

I'm attracted to the notion of the sublime.

Sam Vernon​​

How Ghosts Sleep (Seattle): Hive (Detail), 2015

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Disguise Catalogue

To learn more about the past, present, and future of disguise, pick up a copy of the exhibition catalogue, written by Seattle Art Museum Curator of African and Oceanic Art Pam McClusky and Consultant Curator Erika Dalya Massaquoi. Guest essays by: Jakob Dwight, Brendan Fernandes, Nandipha Mntambo, Emeka Ogboh, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Walter Oltmann, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Jacolby Satterwhite, Sam Vernon, and Saya Woolfalk. (Published by The Seattle Art Museum in Association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2015). ​​

exhibition support​

The exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum.

Special exhibitions at SAM are made possible by donors to​​
​​SAM Fund for Special Exhibitions

Presenting Sponsors
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Boeing​​
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Lead Grants
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation​​​
National Endowment for the Arts​​​

Major Sponsors

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Additional Support
ADAA Foundation Curatorial Award administered
  by the Association of Art Museum Curators​​​​​
Alaska Airlines
Christopher and Alida Latham
Josef Vascovitz and Lisa Goodman
Contributors to the SAM Fund​​​​​​​​​​

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IMAGES: From Hiz Hands, 2010, Brendan Fernandes, Kenya/Canada, b. 1979, 3 neon-on-glass-frame signs, loan from the artist. © Brendan Fernandes, Photo courtesy of the artist. The Autonomous Prism / MSK03 (video still), 2010-2014, Jakob Dwight, American, b. 1977, 16 digital videos, looped in continuous playback, DVD for plasma or projection, 4+ minutes, Seattle Art Museum, Commission, 2015. © Jakob Dwight, courtesy of the artist. The Invisible Man Series, 2015, Zina Saro-Wiwa, United States/United Kingdom/Nigeria, b. 1976, exhibition print, 30 x 50 in., Seattle Art Museum, Commission, 2015. © Zina Saro-Wiwa, Photo courtesy of the artist. Dada Afrika IV, 2010, Brendan Fernandes, Kenya/Canada, b. 1979, animation with sound and mixed media installation, loan from the artist. © Brendan Fernandes, Photo courtesy of the artist. En Plein Air: Abduction II, 2014, Jacolby Satterwhite, United States, b. 1986, C-print in artist's frame, 84 x 60 in., loan from the artist and OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles. © Jacolby Satterwhite, Photo courtesy of OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles. Europa, 2008, Nandipha Mntambo, South Africa, b. 1982, exhibition print, photographic composite by Tony Meintjes, 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 in., loan from the artist and STEVENSON, Cape Town and Johannesburg. © Nandipha Mntambo, Photo courtesy of STEVENSON, Cape Town and Johannesburg. An Ancestor Takes a Photograph, 2014, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, United States/Nigeria, b. 1970, video, filmed in Lagos, Nigeria, Seattle Art Museum, Commission, 2015. © Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Bristle Disguise (detail), 2014, Walter Oltmann, South Africa, b. 1952, aluminum wire, 47 1/4 x 30 11/16 x 21 1/4 in., Seattle Art Museum, Promised gift of Vascovitz Family. © Walter Oltmann, Photo: Anthea Pokroy, courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery. ChimaTEK: Virtual Chimeric Space, 2015, Saya Woolfalk, United States, b. 1979, installation with five costumes with 3-D masks and video, dimensions variable, Seattle Art Museum, Commission, 2015. © Saya Woolfalk, Courtesy of the artist and Leslie Tonkonow, Artworks + Projects, NY. How Ghosts Sleep (Seattle): Hive (detail), 2014, Sam Vernon, American, b. 1987, digital collage, wallpaper, Seattle Art Museum, Commission, 2015. © Sam Vernon, image courtesy of the artist, graphic design: Loide Marwanga.​​​​


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