Arts and Culture Editor – Peggy Borden
A Pan African perspective of art and culture, this section of the magazine will celebrate this rich and diverse Continents’ Artisans and Designers. It will be highlighting the craftsmanship and skills that are abundant in Africa. The 1930s saw the birth of a movement that involved prominent Lawyers and Educators who understood the need for Africans to join under one banner.
Their Pan African movement believed that for Africans to progress, they needed to join with their Diaspora. They surmised that this would lead to the advancements of Africans by politicising them and the cultural collective. That, in turn, would lead to the instilling of racial pride and go some way to helping solve the problems of discrimination that cripples African artists.
The vast geographical space that the continent occupies means that most African artists are unaware of what is happening regionally, let alone globally. Lack of exposure and honest representation are just two of the barriers to entry.
However, once African artisans receive the recognition they richly deserve, it is not uncommon for these artists to be lauded by the Art World. Their art or design collections sometimes attracting vast sums of money.
For those living in the Diaspora, it can be just a glimpse of African art or sculpture that could send one’s brain on a journey back home. Conjuring up images of sunsets, and aromas of freshly cooked nuts. A reminder of a yearning that never seems to dissipate.