FÁTIMA and Olayinka Samuel Ogunleye
November 13 to January 29, 2022
Since the beginning of time, tools have been used to connect to the divine or the unknown. Cultures have used masques as a means of expressing a characteristic or important quality in our human bodies, often for specific ceremonial purposes. EMANATE was a fire ritual that celebrated connection with the divine. Eight masques were created and consecrated for: spirit, earth, air, fire, water, duality, willpower and abundance. Once the masques were placed on the participants, they embodied these qualities through dance in a fire ritual held at Epiphany Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021.
These masks are now on display in the Sacristy Gallery, which formerly served as the sacristy of the Church of the Epiphany. The sacristy was a place in the church where sacred books, objects, and ceremonial garments were kept, and where the priests could prepare and pray before a ceremony. In this exhibition, the masks of Emanate take on this history, imbuing the sacramental history of the space with their own connection to the spiritual and ritual.