Dedicated to MR. Nelson
Mandela, who inspires the World
AFRICA… Its colours, Scents and Sensations, in Europe came as an echo due to postcolonial literature or the findings of anthropologists and archaeologists from various eras. But the creative expressiveness of this continent, victim of many injustices still on humanitarian
or human rights in General, full of natural wonders and smiles, is still too little known in Europe from most people.
As a young girl, I read the famous book of Danish Karen Blixen, ” Out of Africa“, that opened up a whole new World. Since then I’ve always wanted to visit Kenya and other African countries, known and unknown, such as Namibia, South Africa, Egypt, Somalia, the Horn of Africa and many others. I realised that outlining the physical, cultural and natural Geographies of of this wonderful country were far from a foregone conclusion, and so I decided to do a bit of order in order to avoiding the spread of bad and little information about Africa, still hurt by inequalities at an economic, political and humanitarian level. Plagues to the place that was the cradle of humankind.
53 states, surrounded by Oceans brush tools except for the Sinai Peninsula, Second largest continent of the Earth , with largest country Sudan and the smallest state represented by the islands of Seychelles. A natural mosaic of unsurpassed natural beauty in the world and complex civilization.
Growing up, I wanted to discover the music, literature and the contemporary arts of Africa, so I will speak here of one of the hearts of
contemporary African creativity, SENEGAL. Few People know the living reality of DAKAR ARTS.
Some artists to discover: WASIS DIOP, Musician ; JOE OUAKAM, documentarist; NDARY LO, artist ; OUSMANE SOW , sculptor-artist; or AISSA DIONE, textile designer. Finally the highly esteemed painter SOLY CISSE. The list could continue indefinitely, with experiences of high quality and originality.
The desire to make a trip to these wonderful lands becomes more acute as I write. It’s easy to understand the nostalgia of Africans to my knowledge as the owner of Africa Design’s shop in Bologna, Laurence, or Italian lovers of Africa as Isis of onlus “The PIROGA“.
Hopefully more space will be dedicated on the web and in our societies to African arts and artists. When speaking of Africa, the colour that comes to mind is the yellow, or sunlight. I hope that more light can be brought to these themes through small written contributions like this.
“Out of Africa” by K.Blixen
“Inscribing Meaning. Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art “by C. Kreamer
“Sufi arts of Urban Senegal” by A.F. Roberts
In Senghor’s Shadow: Art, Politics, and the avant-garde in Senegal, 1960-1995 (Objects/Histories) by E.Harney