Repainting The Walls Of Lunda: Information Colonialism And Angolan Art by Delinda CollierRepainting The Walls Of Lunda: Information Colonialism And Angolan Art by Delinda Collier

Repainting The Walls Of Lunda: Information Colonialism And Angolan Art

byDelinda Collier

Paperback | January 29, 2016

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Repainting the Walls of Lunda chronicles the publication and dissemination of an anthropology book, Paredes Pintadas da Lunda (Painted Walls of Lunda), which was published in Portuguese in 1953. The book featured illustrations of wall murals and sand drawings of the Chokwe peoples of northeastern Angola. These reproductions were adapted in postindependence Angolan nationalist art and post–civil war contemporary art. As Delinda Collier recounts, the pictorial narrative foregrounds the complex relationships between content, distribution, and politicization. The result is a nuanced look at the practices of art entangled in political economies as much as in issues of aesthetics.

After historicizing the drastic changes in media for the Chokwe images, from sand and dwelling to book and from analog to digital, Collier analyzes the formal and infrastructural logic of the two-dimensional images in their subsequent formats, from postindependence canvas paintings to Internet images. Collier does not view any of these iterations as a negation or obliteration of the previous one. Instead, she argues that the logic of reproductive media envelops the past: each mediation adds another layer of context and content. As Collier sees it, the images’ historicity is embedded within these media layers, which many Angolan postindependence artists speak of in terms of ghosts or ancestors when describing their encounter with reproductions of the Chokwe art.

If, as Collier contends, “Africa troubles media,” this book troubles facile theories and romantic constructions of “analog Africa,” boundaries between art and cybernetics, and the firewall between the colonial and the postcolonial.

Delinda Collier is associate professor of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Title:Repainting The Walls Of Lunda: Information Colonialism And Angolan ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0816694486

ISBN - 13:9780816694488

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Table of Contents

1. Diamang as Apparatus: The Production of Painted Walls of Lunda in 1953
2. The Myth of Analog Africa: The Transition to Information Colonialism
3. Rebouco: Postindependence Art and Angolan Socialism
4. “Rescue and Visibility”: The Digitization of Painted Walls of Lunda and Postwar Angolan Art

Editorial Reviews

"Collier's book is of particular interest to art historians, historians, media scholars, and cultural theorists for its conceptual framing, applied methodological approaches, and interpretative analysis. Collier offers new conceptual and methodological strategies for situating contemporary African art within longer histories of colonization and decolonization."—H-Net Reviews"In addition to telling a fascinating story, Collier’s book will no doubt furnish scholars from a variety of areas with substantial food for thought, if not concrete models for approaching their own research."—Análise Social"A unique insight into the limits of postcolonial escape from colonial structures of inequality and appropriations."—Journal of Asian and African Studies"Collier debunks the developmental model that underpins media theory and modernist teleologies, habitually framing ideas of the medium along a narrative of innovation and obsolescence that is driven by technology and markets."—Oxford Art Journal