These proverbs from the Yorùbá of southwestern Nigeria and the Bemba of Zambia are a few examples that can be found in many Africa languages. While these proverbs are rich in philosophical sayings and muses, many are being forgotten because fewer and fewer people possess deep knowledge of languages, and in the arts, Africans tend to look to the Global North for theoretical frameworks to examine their art and other cultural properties. The title of this piece is therefore an identification with the potency of the proverbs because of the trends of collaboration that I have noticed in the last few years in African Art Studies. It could also be said to be a call to look into what could be shared within Global Souths in terms of an available knowledge base...
A Tree Cannot Make a Forest: Looking Inward, Reaching out in African Art Studies
Stephen Fọlárànmí is a postdoctoral research fellow with the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa at the Fine Arts Department, Rhodes University, South Africa and an artist and lecturer in the Department of Fine & Applied Arts, ọbáfmi Awólw University Ilé-Ifè Nigeria. His research interests include Yoruba art studies/African mural art, and architecture. His articles have been published in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books. He was a recipient of the first Höffmann-Dozentur für Interkulturelle Kompetenz at University of Vechta, Germany for the 2008/2009 session. email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stephen Fọlárànmí; A Tree Cannot Make a Forest: Looking Inward, Reaching out in African Art Studies. African Arts 2019; 52 (2): 1–7. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/afar_a_00453
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