Course Description

Discussion of Sculpture as language that has resulted from man’s engagement with his environment since time immemorial. The course will also establish and argue that local traditions and those elsewhere are diverse; the experiences of colonial and post-colonial Africa and East Africa in particular; the development of new traditions of visual practice while promoting distinct ethnic, national and other identities will be discussed.  Traditions that provide nourishment to sculptors in East Africa within which innovations are possible will be examined.

Attention will be paid to the local sculptor’s innovative possibilities in the pre-industrial African social and technological environment and how these innovations changed as they came into contact with Western and other cultures.

Course Objectives

This course is intended to:

  • Provide an interpretive background for sculpture which will help students to locate themselves within its diverse and extensive terrain.
  • Help students appreciate the ambivalence of sculpture as it is applied in the production, consumption and display.
  • Enable students learn from their fore fathers as well as their contemporaries in their research and extension of the visual reproductions.
  • Provide a firm foundation within which students can meaningfully critique their own work and that of their peers.
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MAFA 7104 History Of Sculpture DOC PDF PS