n De Arte - Earth matters: Land as material and metaphor in the art of Africa, Karen E. Milbourne : book review
|Article Title||Earth matters: Land as material and metaphor in the art of Africa, Karen E. Milbourne : book review|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||77 - 80|
Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title, organised by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, Karen Milbourne's Earth matters: Land as material and metaphor in the art of Africa is an ambitious concept-driven project that explores African artists' diverse uses of, and relationships with, the continent's land. Initially looking to the physical material of the earth as medium, Milbourne expands her discussion throughout this beautifully compiled and well-illustrated publication to address topics ranging from the secular and spiritual relationships that exist between the land and one's ancestors, to how artists have engaged with the power of the earth as it extends across cultures and time. While her earlier chapters investigate the earth as material, her later chapters examine the earth as resource, exploring how artists have actively engaged with various environmental and political issues regarding the continent's land and its uses.
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