In this lecture Marc Assayag will talk about his newly published book "The Stars Are Eyes" about the masks of the Abelam.
These masks, first introduced to the “outside” world some six decades ago, have hitherto always been viewed through Western eyes through Western rules of vision. However, they were not produced using these rules. They were produced by a people having a vastly different set of visual rules. This disconnect has resulted in a visual ''mistranslation'' that has persisted for more than sixty years. Because of this blind spot, major components of Abelam art have been imperceptible to the Western eye. Until this day, they remained hidden in plain sight, despite being present and totally apparent to those who know how to look at the art works