Whatever you can get away with.

           The Ebola Tree

Many cultures have totemic sculptures and I became interested in the simplicity and pathos of the Kigango, found in Kenya. The Kigango (Vigango when you're speaking about more than one) is what we might describe as a grave marker although its function is more of a "spirit house" for a dead relative, and it can be used to mollify the departed spirit as well as provide an abode, depending on whether the spirit is angry or vindictive. When the relatives move, which can happen several times, the Kigango is left behind. Unfortunately this has lead to a black market in stolen Vigango, which can bring upwards of five thousand US dollars.

In this case the Vigango, hanging from a blown-up replica of the Ebola virus, are the fruit of a scourge that never interested the Western World, until it made its way into our countries and our news.

Kigango (plural: vigango) is a carved wooden memorial statue erected by the Mijikenda peoples of the southeastern Kenya coast.