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 Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back
Companion web site to an exhibition held in 2002 at the Seattle Art Museum. "A dozen African and American artists/scholars have guided the museum staff in presenting African works with the creative elements that contextualize them, such as music, movements, staging, special effects and conversation." The web site features these artist-cunsultants with streaming audio and video.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Art of the Kwele: ancestor masks, bush spirit masks
An essay on the Art of the Kwele of Equatorial Africa, and in particular on the different types of masks known in private and public collections. Illustrated with many examples, and with a full bibliography. Published by Trbal Arts.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 CAMA Archive Project
"CAMA (Contemporary African Music & Arts) is a multi-media documentary initiative for African arts and culture, based in the Faculty of Science and Montebello Design Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The CAMA Archive Project focuses on documenting and disseminating audio-visual materials about the lives and work of artists, musicians and others who create culture in Africa."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Contact Zones : Colonial and Contemporary
This exhibition is offered by the Michael Stevenson Contemporary gallery in South Africa. It engages with themes of identities in sub-Saharan Africa, both in the colonial period and in the present day. "The works on exhibition illustrate the dynamic and creative role of artists in negotiating European and African identities in times when realities continue to evolve and alter rapidly... These works reflect the complexity of cross-cultural situations which are marked by misunderstanding, fear and admiration."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Cross Cultural Collaborative
"Cross Cultural Collaborative is an educational non-profit that invites people to Ghana to promote cultural exchange and understanding through the arts." On the 'workshops' page you can read about all their past and upcoming programs bringing Ghanaian and foreign artists together. Past programs include mosaic murals, ceramic furniture, etching, pottery, raku and story collecting.
[posted: Mar 06, 2004]
 Dogon-Lobi photo album
There are roughly 1500 photographs on this site, as of this writing, mostly of the Dogon and Lobi areas (but not only). The photographs are gorgeous, and the site is well organized so that you can browse the images by topic of interest and by location.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity
"This site celebrates the expressive cultures of Ethiopia. It is a place where one can learn about the rich and diverse aesthetic traditions of Ethiopia. At the heart of the site is a group of artist profiles that deal with the lives and work of eleven Ethiopian artists and artisans." Each artist profile consists of an autobiography, an essay that places the artist in a cultural context, a gallery of work and a bibliography. Crafts include basketry, painting, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and textiles. Curated by Prof. Silverman.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Hypertextile + Klikor Icon + Afevo + Blackhud Research Center
Hypertextile is the website of Luciano Ghersi, an Italian weaver who has been working with a community of Kente weavers from the town of Klikor in Ghana. Together they have started several web sites (all linked from Hypertextile) documenting the craft of Kente weaving among this particular group of Ewe weavers. The site continues to grow and is really reaching encyclopedic dimensions. There is much information on patterns, techniques, and individual weavers. From our point of view this site wins Best of the Web!
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World
"In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World is a book of color photographs and intimate text about the courage and spirit of women -all poor, many illiterate- from around the world, who have taken charge of their lives by creating and selling traditional crafts." The crafts from Africa are the Ndebele beadmakers, Zulu basket weavers and Weya painters from Zimbabwe. This is the authors' web site with plenty of background information on their project, world crafts, and women artisans.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Judy Decker's Art Education Resources
This site was created by Judy Decker, an art teacher. It should be a great resource for other art teachers who are looking for interesting content on the internet. Under "lesson plans" there are several ideas for incorporating african art into the classroom, and also samples of student work (which is great!). There is also a valuable collection of African art links. Browse around the site, there is a lot more there relating to Africa than you might notice at first.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
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