Imani Ma’at AnkhmenRa Amen’s interactive exhibit at Playground Detroit combines African dance, drumming, photography, and ritual in a call to the ancestors. An Unmasking of Thyself is part gallery exhibition and part performance art that includes four one-night performances. On Friday, July 29, the artist will present Act II in the performance series, “Unmasking Daddy,” a communal ritual honoring her father Baba Tahuti AnkhmenRa Amen, AKA Edward Lee Taylor Jr., by celebrating his life, legacy, and teachings.
The corresponding exhibit of photos and prayer altars is on view at Playground Detroit until Aug. 12, and performances are scheduled for every Friday through its duration. Other performances in the series to follow include “Unmasking Heartbreak” on Friday, Aug. 5 and “Unmasking Joy” on Friday, Aug. 12. The exhibit opened on Friday, July 22.
Starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 29 at Playground Detroit; 2845 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; playgrounddetroit.com. Tickets for the performance are $10 and can be purchased online in advance.