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Title:Visual revision: intersecting art and film in the work of Jean-Marie Teno and Raoul Peck
Author:Riep, David M.M.
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas (ISSN 1754-923X)
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
visual arts
About persons:Jean-Marie TenoISNI
Raoul PeckISNI
Abstract:In the films 'Afrique, je te plumerai' (Africa, I will fleece you, 1992) by Jean-Marie Teno, and 'Lumumba: la mort du prophète' (Lumumba: death of a prophet, 1992) by Raoul Peck, issues of cultural genocide and assimilation are explored in reference to the visual arts of two specific West and Central African countries. This article examines the lasting and multi-layered effects of colonialism as presented by the directors through the specific scenes focusing on the visual arts of the Cameroon Grasslands and Congolese Basin kingdoms. The use and meaning of visual art objects offers a complex dialogue with the colonial history of the African continent, highlighting not only their ability to readdress the ideas and methods of colonialism, but also their ability to operate as a visual index for the cultures from which they were produced. By referencing the visual arts, both directors provide powerful statements regarding the fleecing of indigenous culture during the colonial and postcolonial periods, and bring to light the ability of the visual arts to generate new dialogues regarding history, context and meaning. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]