Douglas Curran: The Elephant Has Four Hearts - Nyau Masks and Rituals

Our 2005 exhibition by Vancouver based photographer Douglas Curran is a stunning pictorial record of members of the Chewa people of Zimbabwe. Curran first met members of the Chewa while working on a film in Zimbabwe in 1992. The Chewa he met were migrant workers from Malawi employed on plantations and in mines. Over a period of several years he gradually became integrated into this community in Malawi, photographing and filming their extraordinary rituals associated with a belief system known as Nyau. The Chewa rituals and their masks are part of a complex and spectacular set of beliefs that Curran has been encouraged by the Chewa to document. The exhibition was curated by Gallery Director Bill Jeffries.

Touring Exhibition: The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam and Origin's Center, Johannesburg, SA.

Design: Catrina Longmuir
Editing:  Bill Jeffries
Printing: Hemlock Printers Ltd.

Softcover
22 colour and 6 b&w reproductions
48 pages
8.5" x 8.5” / 21.6 x 21.6 cm

  • Publisher: Presentation House Gallery

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