Remembering the Present Painting and Popular History in Zaire

ISBN-10: 0520203763
ISBN-13: 9780520203761
Edition: 1996
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Description: This book combines ethnography with the study of art to present a fascinating new vision of African history. It contains the paintings of a single artist depicting Zaire's history, along with a series of ethnographic essays discussing local history,  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/19/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 385
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

This book combines ethnography with the study of art to present a fascinating new vision of African history. It contains the paintings of a single artist depicting Zaire's history, along with a series of ethnographic essays discussing local history, its complex relationship to forms of self-expression and self-understanding, and the aesthetics of contemporary urban African and Third World societies. As a collaboration between ethnographer and painter, this innovative study challenges text-oriented approaches to understanding history and argues instead for an event- and experience-oriented model, ultimately adding a fresh perspective to the discourse on the relationship between modernity and tradition. During the 1970s, Johannes Fabian encouraged Tshibumba Kanda Matulu to paint the history of Zaire. The artist delivered the work in batches, together with an oral narrative. Fabian recorded these statements along with his own question-and-answer sessions with the painter. The first part of the book is the complete series of 100 paintings, with excerpts from the artist's narrative and the artist-anthropologist dialogues. Part Two consists of Fabian's essays about this and other popular painting in Zaire. The essays discuss such topics as performance, orality, history, colonization, and popular art.

Preface and Acknowledgments
The History of Zaire as Painted and Told by Tshibumba Kanda Matulu
Prelude: Tshibumba on Tshibumba
Prehistory: Times Ancestral
The Lost African King: Origins of African History
Discovery and Exploration
Crushing African and Arab Resistance to Conquest
Katanga and Msiri: Sovereignty Lost
The Colony Established
Colonial Times
Toward the End of Colonial Rule
Independence Endangered: Ethnic Wars and Secessions
Central Government and the Struggles for Power
The Mobutu Regime
Afterthoughts: Visions of the Future
All Was Lost: Ethnographic Essays on Tshibumba's History of Zaire
Genre and Popular Painting in Shaba
Painting, Talking, and Writing: The Making of the History of Zaire
Beyond the Written and the Oral: Performance and the Production of History
What Happened: Historiology and the Meaning of History
Images, Words, and Realities: From Interpretation to Confrontation
Appendix: Iconography
References
General Index
Index of Paintings

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