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The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko and Samuel Anderson

Abstract

Across Africa, artists increasingly turn to NGO sponsorship in pursuit of greater influence and funding, while simultaneously NGOs—both international and local—commission arts projects to buttress their interventions and achieve greater reach and marketability. As a result, the key values of artistic expression become “healing” and “sensitization” measured in turn by “impact” and “effectiveness.” Such rubrics obscure the aesthetic complexities of the artworks and the power dynamics that inform their production. Clashes arise as foreign NGOs import foreign aesthetic models and preconceptions ab ... More

Keywords: African art, activism, aesthetics, crisis, emergency, media, NGOs, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190692322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190692322.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko, editor
Assistant Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Samuel Anderson, editor
Research Associate, Harvard University

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