Self Portrait in black mood while everybody is having fun!

Scope and Content

Mail Art. A photocopy of 44a is the basis for the drawing on this envelope, that continues the theme of Musa's family "having fun" while he, in his self-portrait, is in a "black mood" thinking about the construction of 'blackness' in France through the famous performances of Baartman (1814-18) and Baker (1920's).

Access Information

Collection currently on display in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until 23rd March 2019.

Restrictions Apply

Acquisition Information

The donation was made to SOAS Library in June 2018 by Elsbeth Court, an academic who teaches African Art on the IFCELS course at SOAS, with the support and agreement of the artist Hassan Musa.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

brown paper envelope 32cm x 23 cm

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the artwork of Hassan Musa assigned to SOAS by the artist, 2018. Copyrights persist in other images and texts. The user is advised to investigate copyrights before making any re-use of this material.