Book Review

Ubuntu

Arts et cultures d'Afrique du Sud

by Collectif

Ubuntu

Note: This book is in French. There is no English version

Published in association with the Ubuntu exhibition at the Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie in 2002 , this book is an extensive examination of the material culture of Southern Africa. Featuring beautiful utilitarian objects and a few figures from private and public collections from France and South Africa, with full page photographs and essays covering many aspects of Southern African tribal art.

Ubuntu is an Nguni word, often translated as ‘I am because we are’, and while these objects are immediately recognisable as being truly representative of the unique arts of the pastoral tribes of Southern Africa, they also represent a shared ‘humanity’, and an essence that runs through all of us.

Even if you dont speak French, this book is a very worthwhile addition to any Southern African collection.

Note: This book is in French. There is no English version