Angaza Afrika, translated from the Swahili to mean “Shed light on Africa” or “Look around Africa”, is comprehensive in its range. Each work will be a stunning visual and physical manifestation of the artists’ energy and spirit, such as Rachid Kora’s Sufi-inspired black and white applique work and the beautiful work of South African artist Karel Nel, who sets vast leaves from the Coco de Mer palms in atmospheric, elemental architectural spaces.
Tribal art, long relegated to curiosity cabinets and then ethnographic museums, is ubiquitous today. Works of tribal art are increasingly present in the collections of contemporary art foundations and museums, and continue to stimulate the imagination of the world’s greatest artists. And yet our understanding of these objects – whose ritualistic aspects cannot be overlooked – is still marred by cliches.
The phrase culture war is derived from the German word Kulturkampf, which literally means a struggle for the control of the culture. A culture war is a struggle between two sets of conflicting cultural values. The controversy sparked by Brett Murray’s The Spear painting has dropped a match on a cultural haystack, with many people proclaiming it’s not in my culture and therefore it is wrong