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Public Art in Africa. Art and Urban Trasformation in Douala

Public Art in Africa is the first book exclusively dedicated to public art in Africa. It focuses on the experience of more than 86 contemporary artworks realized in public spaces in the city of Douala (Cameroon), between 1991 and 2013. Public Art in Africa explores the role and the impact of art on urban transformations according to two complementary perspectives (a series of essays and a catalogue raisonné) and with the personal and subjective point of view of 70 international and Cameroonian artists, curators, museum directors, cultural institutions and art critics, who have been involved for years in the production of contemporary artworks. doual’art, the cultural institution at the center of the public art production in Douala, organizes since 2007 the Salon Urbain de Douala (SUD), an event which enriches the cultural heritage of the city every three years. An enriched digital version of the volume contains an additional series of academic essays, which aim to lay the theorical foundations of public art in Africa. A historiographical and iconographic glossary adds to the understanding of contemporary artistic practices in the continent.

Public art in Africa is edited by Iolanda Pensa with Marta Pucciarelli, Fiona Siegenthaler, Marilyn Douala Bell, Kamiel Verschuren, Xandra Nibbeling, Lucas Grandin, Asta Adukaite, Maud de la Chapelle. Publisher: MētisPresses