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Title:African art, interviews, narratives: bodies of knowledge at work
Editors:Grabski, Joanna
Magee, Carol L.ISNI
Year:2013
Pages:194
Language:English
Series:African expressive cultures
City:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISBN:0253006872; 9780253006875; 0253006910; 9780253006912; 9780253006998
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:arts
artists
interviews (form)
Abstract:Focusing on African arts and artists, this volume examines how, why and to what ends interviews are used to create and structure scholarly narratives, and the complexities involved. Patrick McNaughton's opening chapter addresses general problems of talking and writing about art. Drawing on interviews with artists in Dakar, Joanna Grabski explores the social and discursive implications of interviews referring to deceased artists in producing narratives about individual careers and collective histories. Centring on Moroccan artist Hamid Kachmar, Joseph Jordan's contribution also addresses the personal and professional investments at play during interviews. Carol Magee uses photographs from South Africa's 'Sports Illustrated' as the focus of interviews with Ndebele participants. Silvia Forni investigates strategies of self-representation by looking at Senegalese artist Seyni Camara. Strategies of participating in interviews are made explicit in an interview with Berlin-based, Nigerian photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi. Kim Miller focuses on South African artist Sandra Kriel, drawing critical attention to the role of women in anti-apartheid activism. Andrea Frohne's chapter on the African Burial Ground memorial in New York City addresses the complexity of accounting for multiple voices in a collective narrative. Mary Jo Arnoldi reflects on her work on Malian youth association masquerades. Christine Muller Kreamer considers exhibitions of African art, where the voices of Africans were, until recently, largely silent. Finally, the potential for collaborations to weave together multiple bodies of knowledge in writing about artists is at the centre of the contribution by Kenya-born, San Francisco-based artist Allan deSouza and anthropologist and curator Allyson Purpura. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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