Phyllis Galembo is Professor of Art at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her photographs have been exhibited widely, including at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Fashion Institute of Technology (all in New York City); the Kréyol Factory (Paris), Museum fur Völkerkunde (Vienna), Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC), Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Her work has been collected by institutions including the US Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Yale Center for British Art. In 1994, Galembo received a Senior Fulbright Research Award to photograph “Kings, Chiefs and Women of Power, Nigeria,” and has authored several other books. Her most recent monograph, Phyllis Galembo: Maske (London: Chris Boot Ltd, 2010), features a selection of her photographs and commentary, and an introduction by art historian and curator Chika Okeke-Agulu, himself a masquerade participant during his childhood in Nigeria, for whom Galembo's photographs raise questions about the survival and evolution of masquerade traditions in the twenty-first century.

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