Handle My Lightweight
“Handle My Lightweight” is a play on a popular saying among young Black Americans, and pays homage to the Igbo tradition of masquerading. During masquerading, performers, mostly men, dress up in vibrant costumes to perform intricate dances and acrobatics for festivals, parties, or funerals. While each masquerade represents a certain ancestor spirit, the Agaba masquerade represents an ancestor who is always ready for a fight, never scared of anything. A fierce warrior protector, the name Agaba literally translates to "let's go."
Oil paint, 24 Karat Gold, and fabric on canvas
39x47 in/ 99.06x119.38 cm