The Africa Channel Presents In-Depth 6-Part Doc Series on “African Art” – Watch Episode 1

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Watching this, I couldn’t help but recall the late French writer/director Chris Marker’s 1953 French film essay (which he co-directed with Alain Resnais) titled “Les Statues meurent aussi,” or “Statues Also Die” – an award-winning 30-minute work on African art from years past, and the effects colonialism has had on how that art is perceived.


Yinka Shonibare MBE, Wind Sculpture, 2013

And because the film was considered by some to be a critique of colonialism, the second half of it (in which the film argues that colonial presence has compelled African art to lose much of its idiosyncratic expression, in order to appeal to Western consumers, with a mention of how African currencies had been replaced by European currencies) was censored in France until the 1960s…


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