Whether you believe in ghosts and the supernatural or not, heading to old mansions and historic buildings can make good days out. The Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights, Manhattan’s oldest house, is another old building that has long been rumoured to be haunted. UK-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE decided to reimagine the mansion’s famous ghost Eliza Jumel in her ‘Colonial Arrangements’ project, so that everyone can experience the ghostly presence.
In partnership with the Historic House Trust, Shonibare conjured Eliza’s spectre using headless mannequins clothed in Dutch wax fabric. The bold costumes and unusual poses of the mannequins add an eerie quality amidst the period rooms and antique design. There is varied speculation on the character of Eliza herself and the other people who lived in the mansion, making this a rather peculiar and haunting project.
Find out more about the project on Hyper Allergic