I chose the theme “Ghosts of the Sahara” for my third art gallery, mostly because everything in my gallery that I chose was extremely haunting. It is almost as though every single piece that I have chosen, reminds me of death, and fills me with a sense of dread. So many pieces of African art are so incredibly different than art from the rest of the world. It seems as though African art is tied more closely to their daily life than artistic mediums from elsewhere around the world, such as Europe for example. To me, this makes the African medium much more personal, and I know that each work meant something in the life of the creator. Because of this, I feel I am left with a sense of abandonment and I can almost feel the life of the people behind the artworks simply by gazing at their organic appearances. I think the organic appearance of the works makes all the difference too. With the Makonde Mask, I immediately am greeted with a sense of slight familiarity because I notice that he looks exactly like a real man, except he also appears a shell of a man, which is why I included that mask in this gallery. The Mwana Pwo Mask is also in a way quite realistic, however, it struck me for a different reason. It seems as though the mask is of a woman asleep. It creates a sense of unease in me, and yet at the same time appears beautiful as though it were a funerary occasion. Because of this, I incorporated it into this gallery. All of the art works in this gallery, however, have a haunting appeal to them, they are organic and alive, yet represent death in a very real way to me. Because of this undead-like quality, I named this gallery “Ghosts of the Sahara”.