African Art Essays
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“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree”, – Michael Crichton. Studying history provides insight and explanations for what is present in today’s society. Colonization is not the only piece of Africa’s history, but it is a major contributor. Studying the history of Africa, pre and post colonialism, provides explanations for how Africa arrived at its present and where it is headed in the future....
Archaeological evidence from about 200,000 years ago suggests that the first modern humans lived on the African continent, before moving to other parts of the world. Due to the fact that as more recent records of human activity show, oral history is more important for African communities in comparison to written documentation, therefore making art a particularly important form of communication and cultural expression. Art created in Africa is unlike other art developed around the rest of the world as...
During the early 1900s, the aesthetics of traditional African art became a predominant influence among modern European artists. Between 1876 and 1912, Africa was annexed and colonized by seven European countries: France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK. This geopolitical event, often referred to as the ‘Scramble for Africa’ was caused, in part, as a result of political competition between increasingly powerful European countries and their quest to accumulate power. As a result of such conquests, African art...
Cinema is one of the youngest and at the same time one of the most popular arts. Its history is short compared to the thousand-year history of music, painting or theater. At the same time, millions of viewers fill the cinema halls every day, and even more people watch movies on television. Cinema in our time has become a very powerful information source. Everyone can turn on the TV and watch a movie they like. Like cinema around the world,...
My favorite non-Western region of art is Africa. I chose Africa because I find their artwork very fascinating with all the different, abstract textures, colors, and patterns. Africa has a long history, considering scientists believe it is where humans first came to be. The farthest back discoveries of art were the rock paintings. These showed evidence of animals and communities being built in southern Africa around 7000 BCE. Once the farming population moved away from the Sahara after it dried...