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African Art

Episode 2 of 3

Griff Rhys Jones continues his quest to find traditional art in remote places by travelling to West Africa. He considers whether there is such a thing as pure African art.

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.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 13 Mar 2013 00:30

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Griff Rhys Jones
Executive Producer Adam Barker
Executive Producer Liz Hartford
Director Harry Hook
Producer Harry Hook

Broadcasts

  • Fri 4 Mar 2011 21:00
  • Sat 5 Mar 2011 00:30
  • Sat 5 Mar 2011 22:00
  • Sat 26 Mar 2011 02:10
  • Wed 13 Mar 2013 00:30