Carmela Garritano African Video Movies and Global Desires. A Ghanaian History 2015, Ohio University Press Website African Video Movies and Global Desires is the first full-length scholarly study of Ghana’s commercial video industry, an industry that has produced thousands of movies over the last twenty years and has grown into an influential source of cultural […]Continue Reading
Jonathan Haynes (ed) Nigerian Video Films 2000, Ohio University Press Website Nigerian video films—dramatic features shot on video and sold as cassettes—are being produced at the rate of nearly one a day, making them the major contemporary art form in Nigeria. The history of African film offers no precedent for such a huge, popularly based […]Continue Reading
Robert J. Gordon Picturing Bushmen. The Denver African Expedition of 1925 OHIO UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1997 https://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Picturing+Bushmen The Denver African Expedition of 1925 sought “the cradle of Humanity.” The explorers returned claiming to have found the “Missing Link” in the Heikum bushmen of the Kalahari—and they proceeded to market this image. As Continue Reading
Modernist Art in Ethiopia Elizabeth W. Giorgis Ohio University Press, 2019 Web Site If modernism initially came to Africa through colonial contact, what does Ethiopia’s inimitable historical condition—its independence save for five years under Italian occupation—mean for its own modernist tradition? In Modernist Art in Ethiopia—the first book-length study of the Continue Reading
Of Hairy Kings and Saintly Slaves. An Ethiopian Travelogue Manuel Joao Ramos Sean Kingston Publishing A lost sketch book on a Portuguese castle rampart left Manuel João Ramos bereft, and the impulse to draw deserted him – but his first trip to Ethiopia reawakened this pleasure, so long denied. Drawing obsessively and free from care, […]Continue Reading
Alternative Art and Anthropology Arnd Schneider Bloomsbury, 2017 Website While the importance of the relationship between anthropology and contemporary art has long been recognized, the discussion has tended to be among scholars from North America, Europe, and Australia; until now, scholarship and experiences from other regions have been largely absent from mainstream Continue Reading
Making Homes. Ethnography and Design Sarah Pink, Kerstin Leder MacKley, Roxana Morosanu, Val Mitchell Bloomsbury web site Making Homes: Anthropology and Design is a strong addition to the emerging field of design anthropology. Based on the latest scholarship and practice in the social sciences as well as design, this interdisciplinary text introduces a new design […]Continue Reading