Mary Clare Kidenda,
Visual Cultures of Africa
2022, 256 pages, paperback, with numerous coloured illustrations, 37,90 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-4523-9
With contributions by
Melisa Achoko Allela, Ebenezer Kwabena Acquah, Paul-Henri Souvenir Assako Assako, Angelika Boeck, Sokari Douglas, Stefan Eisenhofer, Mark Evans, Njeri Gachihi, Frauke Gathof, Clara Himmelheber, Mary Clare Kidenda, Lize Kriel, Runette Kruger, Esther Kute, Bea Lundt, Alexis Malefakis, Fredrick Mbogo, Benjamin Merten, Lydia Muthuma, Lydia Nafula, Leonie Neumann, Philemon Nyamanga, Juma Ondeng, Isaac Opoku-Mensah, Jane Otieno, JP Odoch Pido, Amanda du Preez, Rashida Resario, Avitha Sooful, Ernst Wagner, Ronnie Watt
Educators, designers, artists, critics, curators, and custodians based both in Africa and in Europe are configuring spaces for public, private, institutional as well as digital conversation – whether through pottery or portraiture, furniture or film, shoes or selfies, buildings or books. Readers are encouraged to question how African visual cultures are both ‘in’ and ‘of’; identifying and confrontational; post- and decolonial; preserved and practised; old and new; borrowed and authentic; composite and complete; rooted and soaring. Disciplines being engaged include visual culture studies, media studies, performance studies, orature, literature, art and design – as well as their histories.
The editors Mary Clare Kidenda, Lize Kriel and Ernst Wagner represent three nodes in the Exploring Visual Cultures north-south collaborative network: The Technical University of Kenya, the University of Pretoria in South Africa and Munich Academy of Fine Arts in Germany.