The National Anthem Band from the series Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria
Copyright Owen Logan. Courtesy Owen Logan
The National Anthem Band from the series Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria (2001 - 2005)

Owen Logan’s words and photographs tell us about the world, not as we might want it to be, but in all its messy reality, torn by conflict and competition for resources and riven with global inequalities.

His photo-essay Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria (2001-2005) follows the exploits of a costume performer as he travels across the country. The young black soul singer's transformation into the white 'king of pop' is used as an allegory for the conflict-ridden situation in postcolonial Nigeria. With the author Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, Logan presents a biting satire which critiques the relationship between the Nigerian political elite and foreign business interests.

For GENERATION, Masquerade is shown in the context of a group exhibition which expands upon its central themes by interrogating the meaning of 'peace' in modern societies. Co-curated by Logan, the artworks and materials presented raise important questions about how domestic politics and economics across the globe have been shaped by warfare.

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival

Artists at this exhibition


  • Owen Logan
  • Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
  • Fred Lonidier
  • Snapcorps with Stuart Platt
  • Martha Rosler
  • Paul Strand
  • Grupo de Artistas de Vanguardia