n De Arte - Material Matters : appliques by the Weya women of Zimbabwe and needlework by South African collectives, Brenda Schmahmann : book review




Traditionally, under the hegemony of apartheid or any other patriarchal system of rule, the black woman has been considered the lowest form of human common denominator. In the broader history of visual culture and from the second half of the twentieth century, many changes were made redressing the value structures according to which art could be made, marketed and interpreted. The average black woman in Africa remained quietly in the background doing what was necessary in her role as wife, mother or domestic, and basically, being taken for granted in this capacity and any other.


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