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African Art

Hidden Treasures of... Episode 2 of 3

Griff Rhys Jones continues his quest to find traditional art in remote places by travelling to West Africa.

Antique carvings from the region can fetch millions of pounds, but what makes a piece 'authentic', and are they still being made? Is there such a thing as pure African art?

Griff starts his investigation in the Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali, where the Dogon people have used their carvings and sculptures as a spiritual tool to help them survive. Can belief in the power of these objects withstand the march of modernity?

In a revelatory journey which ends in Accra, the capital of Ghana, Griff learns that the passage of history and modern realities have had a surprising influence on invention and creativity in contemporary West Africa.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Wed 13 Mar 2013 00:30

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterGriff Rhys Jones
Executive ProducerAdam Barker
Executive ProducerLiz Hartford
DirectorHarry Hook
ProducerHarry Hook