African Art and the Colonial Encounter: Inventing a Global Commodity (African Expressive Cultures)

African Art and the Colonial Encounter: Inventing a Global Commodity (African Expressive Cultures)

By: Sidney Littlefield Kasfir (author)Paperback

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Focusing on the theme of warriorhood, Sidney Littlefield Kasfir weaves a complex history of how colonial influence forever changed artistic practice, objects, and their meaning. Looking at two widely diverse cultures, the Idoma in Nigeria and the Samburu in Kenya, Kasfir makes a bold statement about the links between colonialism, the Europeans' image of Africans, Africans' changing self representation, and the impact of global trade on cultural artifacts and the making of art. This intriguing history of the interaction between peoples, aesthetics, morals, artistic objects and practices, and the global trade in African art challenges current ideas about artistic production and representation.

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Sidney Littlefield Kasfir is Professor in the Department of Art History at Emory University where she is also Faculty Curator of African Art. She is author of Contemporary African Art and editor of West African Masks and Cultural Systems.


Preface Introduction: Colonial Power and Aesthetic Practice Part 1. Warriors 1. Maa Warriorhood and British Colonial Discourse 2. Idoma Warriorhood and the Pax Britannica Part 2. Sculptors and Smiths 3. Colonial Rupture and Innovation 4. Samburu Smiths, Idoma Maskmakers: Power at a Distance Part 3. Masks, Spears, the Body 5. Mask and Spear: Art, Thing, Commodity 6. Warrior Theatre and the Ritualized Body Part 4. Commodities 7. Idoma Sculpture: Colonialism and the Market for African Art 8. Samburu Encounters with Modernity: Spears as Tourist Souvenirs 9. Samburu Warriors in Hollywood Films: Cinematic Commodities Reprise: The Three C's: Colonialism, Commodities, and Complex Representations Coda: From Spears to Guns in the North Rift Notes Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 24/10/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780253219220
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9780253219220
  • weight: 699
  • ISBN10: 0253219221

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