PUBLIC ART IN AFRICA
BY IOLANDA PENSA
“Public Art in Africa examines the role and the impact of art on urban transformation through the introduction of a wide range of contemporary artworks created since 1991 in the Cameroonian city of Douala. These artworks were produced as part of the activities of doual’art, which holds the Salon Urbain de Douala (SUD) every three years and is at the very core of the experience of public art in the city.
A catalogue raisonné introduces the reader to a variety of works including monumental and architectural artworks, urban design installations, sculptures, graffiti, murals, happenings, performances and other artistic projects closely tied to the local communities and the urban fabric of Douala. This volume also gives privileged access to the committed point of view of Cameroonian and international artists, as well as museum directors, curators and art critics who are heavily involved in the city’s artistic scene.
Public Art in Africa thus invites the reader on a journey within a global socio-political discourse on the role of art in contemporary society.”