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Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture (Hardback)

Sarah Van Beurden

Edité par Ohio University Press, United States, 2015
ISBN 10: 0821421905 / ISBN 13: 9780821421901
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Titre : Authentically African: Arts and the ...

Éditeur : Ohio University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. This masterful study of Belgian and Congolese collecting and exhibitions of African arts, and the murky heritage politics so implied, offers insights for understanding colonial and postcolonial histories of representation anywhere in the world. -Allen F. Roberts, author of A Dance of Assassins: Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo Together, the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the Institut des Musees Nationaux du Zaire (IMNZ) in the Congo have defined and marketed Congolese art and culture. In Authentically African, Sarah Van Beurden traces the relationship between the possession, definition, and display of art and the construction of cultural authenticity and political legitimacy from the late colonial until the postcolonial era. Her study of the interconnected histories of these two institutions is the only work of its kind in English. Drawing on Flemish-language sources other scholars have been unable to access, Van Beurden illuminates the politics of museum collections, showing how the IMNZ became a showpiece in Mobutu Sese Seko s effort to revive authentic African culture and reconstructing debates among Belgian and Congolese museum professionals. She also casts light on the art market, showing how the IMNZ s traveling displays helped generate an international market for Congolese art. Authentically African tells a new history of decolonization as a struggle over cultural categories, the possession of cultural heritage, and the right to define and represent cultural identities. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780821421901

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Synopsis : This masterful study of Belgian and Congolese collecting and exhibitions of African arts, and the murky heritage politics so implied, offers insights for understanding colonial and postcolonial histories of representation anywhere in the world. Allen F. Roberts, author of "A Dance of Assassins: Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo" Together, the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the Institut des Musees Nationaux du Zaire (IMNZ) in the Congo have defined and marketed Congolese art and culture. In "Authentically African, " Sarah Van Beurden traces the relationship between the possession, definition, and display of art and the construction of cultural authenticity and political legitimacy from the late colonial until the postcolonial era. Her study of the interconnected histories of these two institutions is the only work of its kind in English. Drawing on Flemish-language sources other scholars have been unable to access, Van Beurden illuminates the politics of museum collections, showing how the IMNZ became a showpiece in Mobutu Sese Seko s effort to revive authentic African culture and reconstructing debates among Belgian and Congolese museum professionals. She also casts light on the art market, showing how the IMNZ s traveling displays helped generate an international market for Congolese art. "Authentically African "tells a new history of decolonization as a struggle over cultural categories, the possession of cultural heritage, and the right to define and represent cultural identities."

Critique: "Authentically African" is an impressively researched study of material culture and its institutions in the construction of Congolese cultural and political projects. Van Beurden s fascinating examination of objects and collections in cultural and political economies makes a significant contribution to several bodies of scholarship, from those focused on material culture, heritage, and identity politics to those concerned with African cultural institutions as part of the global landscape. Joanna Grabski, Warner Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Denison University"

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