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ARTISTS AND ART EDUCATION IN AFRICA | CHAPTER PREVIEW | ATTA KWAMI | STEPPING STONES, 2007

ARTISTS AND ART EDUCATION IN AFRICA | CHAPTER PREVIEW | ATTA KWAMI | STEPPING STONES, 2007

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This is a preview of a chapter in Saffron Books forthcoming title, Artists and Art Education in Africa Art and Art Education in Africa, edited by Elsbeth Court and part of Saffron African Art and Society Series, documents an extraordinary symposium of 130 visual art specialists from twenty countries, mostly scholar-practitioners, who debated about art, African art and art education in Africa at the peak of the africa’95 season in London. The collected texts indicate a variety of conditions which, in turn, generate contingent ways of becoming and being a contemporary artist. These comparative configurations of artistic production and practice move the discourse beyond the rhetoric – and, indeed, prejudice – that persists in obscuring the actualities and accomplishments of ‘African art’. The beam of continuity in the book is the sharing of both visionary and practical approaches to education in and through art. The texts include (i) Historical and institutional backgrounds for specialised art education; (ii) Case studies of specific situations: some that involve the processes of decolonisation and re-engagement with traditions and others that set out regional and trans-Africa initiatives and (iii) Artist statements in prose and performance about their careers and concerns. The majority of the texts are edited versions of the original papers, most of which have been updated, revised and/or supplemented (as indicated by the year).

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