The Egungun is transformed by female energy in this photographic essay


Della Reed headpiece, Laura Collins top and bag, Mady Berry trousers, H Soul shoes, Brenda Beaux earrings


Laura Collins headpiece, Monga’s top, Lydia Jackson jumpsuit, Clara Chu bag, Brenda Beaux jewellery


Stylist’s own hat, Mady Berry jumpsuit, Lydia Jackson sleeves, Della Reed neckpiece, Laura Collins bag


Lydia Jackon headpiece and trousers, Laura Collins facepiece, Erbold Erbenedat top and trouser overlay, Clara Chu bag, stylist’s own waist wrap and stick


Laura Collins headpiece, Erbold Erdenebat dress, Mongas neckpiece, stylist’s own jewellery and waist wrap, H Soul shoes


Della Reed headpiece, H Soul coat, Laura Collins trousers, H Soul socks, stylist’s own fabric


Monga’s headpiece, Laura Collins dress, Della Reed neckpiece, H Soul socks

Monga’s headpiece, Laura Colins dress and neckpiece


Nigerian artist Asiko confronts the Egungun tradition in this photographic story. The Yoruba masquerades are connected to ancestral reverence and the practice is male led with females forbidden from participation. Here though Egun are performed and embodied by women. “The images are about a mystical intersection of womanhood and culture, and how placing a female energy at the centre can create new narratives of subversion,” Asiko explains.

Photography and art direction Asiko
Styling Brenda Beaux
Make-up Charmanique Thomson
Models Lee-Anne Nyagodzi, Mireille Welcome at Ciel Model Management
Photography assistance Licia Santos
Styling assistance Karanjee Gaba

Published on 01/08/2019