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Catalog # 178
   
Title In and Out of Africa (D)
Filmmaker Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Taylor
Year 1992
Subject Art
Format VHS
Region Africa
 
Description Produced by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Taylor. 1992. ISBN: ? Summary This extraordinary documentary is one of the most intelligent, perceptive, and engaging films ever made on African culture and art. It explores with irony and humor issues of authenticity, taste, and racial politics in the transnational trade in African art. Interweaving stories of Western collectors, Muslim traders, African artists and intellectuals, and the filmmakers themselves, the film focuses on a remarkable art dealer from Niger named Gabai Barre. It follows him all the way from the rural Ivory Coast to East Hampton, Long Island, where he bargains for a sale. The film shows how (through occasionally hilarious and frequently fantastic tales about the art objects) he adds economic value and changes the "meaning" of what he sells by interpreting and mediating between the cultural values of African producers and Western consumers. Descript 1 videocassette (59 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in Series ? Cast by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Taylor Subject Nigeria. Issues of fakery, taste, and racial politics in the transnational trade in African art, known as "wood" http://www.berkeleymedia.com/catalog/berkeleymedia/films/arts_humanities/in_and_out_of_africa

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