Laylah Ali, Untitled (Greenheads), 1999

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A set of four scenes features 21 green-headed, masked figures with skinny brown limbs. They engage in sinister acts with belts.
  1. Long This illustration features 21 humanoid figures split between two central panels that are short and stacked on top of each other and two long vertical panels on either side. The characters have thin, brown arms and big, round, teal heads, and in the outer panels, they wear blue tank tops and black bandit masks. In the left panel, three figures appear to hang from the top of the frame by their waists. The outer two dangle belts and the one in the middle wears a belt. They hang over three figures at the bottom, cut off at the torso, who reach toward the belts. The far right panel has a similar scene, with three figures hanging from the top and reaching up from the bottom. This time, the outer two at the bottom hold belts while the center figure reaches toward the figure above, who now dangles a belt. It appears to be a before-and-after sequence. The top central panel shows two figures wearing sleeveless belted leotards, black bandit masks, and white surgical masks. They both carry smaller, masked characters with gaping mouths and belts around their necks. The bottom central panel shows five distressed figures wearing pale blue shrouds and black bandit masks.
Laylah Ali, American, b. 1968
Untitled (Greenheads), 1999
Gouache on paper
9 3/16 × 14 5/16 in. (23.8 × 37.1 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The William B. Cook Memorial Fund, 1999.58

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago