Program host Griff Rhys Jones extends his longing for properly understanding the different art customs and etiquettes non-Western in nature by making a journey to West Africa. Glancing beyond the bounds of the surprising monetary value of primitive carvings of the area, Jones asks some very interesting questions. What is imprint of the “genuine” and “original”? Are such pieces still in vague today? What is the appropriate definition of African art? The analysis commences with Mali Bandiagara Escarpment, center of Dogon culture and society, which employs sculptures and carvings with spiritual importance. Pondering over the question whether the conviction in the potential of these stuffs can withstand the onslaught of modernity, Jones turns his attention to the capital of Ghana, Accra. There he witnesses the other reasons to conceive art in the arena of time period, as he understands a lot of stuffs regarding creativity and invention on the continent responsible for bringing the first human species on the earth.
(Hidden Treasures of African Art, Enhanced DVD, 59 minutes) ISBN: 978-0-81608-942-0 Copy Right Date: 2011 CC