Bamana Style Cow Mask T-Shirt
This Bamana Style Cow mask t-shirt is designed by artist Brendan Fernandes exclusively for the Brooklyn Museum. It is inspired by his neon piece, From Hiz Hands, 2010. Screen printed in purple and blue on high-end 100% jersey cotton that's comfortable and lightweight.
“I watched vendors [on Canal Street] selling African masks and heard they were carving them in storage units outside the city. It made me think about the loss of cultural traditions—what happened to the ceremonial purpose and what the masks once meant—and how the masks become just placeholders, like signs. The neons also play with disguised language, as they pulse questions about who they are in Morse code. Those sorts of signals are not being articulated or comprehended, but the light acts as a beacon to then call in.”