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Roshni Sheth FLL-2D Response to Guest Speaker: Curator On March 15, 2010, Dr. Emily Hanna, an African curator, spoke about African art, namely Nigerian art. She mentioned that Nigeria is one of the most prolific art-producing countries in Africa. When she discussed the 18 th and 19 th Centuries, she discussed the effects of African art on modern art. In 1884, many European nations split up African into countries and took their holdings. Europeans took African art back to Europe to display, and this provides for a history of trade in the continent. African art was used as souvenirs and to be put on display. One European artist that was notably influenced by African art was Pablo Picasso. Picasso even had an African-Influenced Period, which I had never known of, during which his art was influenced by abstract African statues and other works of art. Dr Hanna also discussed the significance of twins to the Yoruba society in Nigeria. To
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Unformatted text preview: the Yoruba, twins are scared, and if a pregnancy with twins is miscarried or if one of the twins is stillborn, the mother carries a statue of the decreased child around with her to remember the twin. This is a way for the mother and family of the baby to care for the spirit of the deceased baby. I found it interesting that the Yoruba society is so open about the loss of the children’s live. In America, it is taboo to discuss miscarried or stillborn babies after the tragic event has taken place. It is not viewed as something that just happens as a part of life, it is often views as if it is a curse, instead of part of the cycle of life and death, as the Yoruba view it. Dr. Hanna even mentioned that these statues are available at local markets, making them very common in the Yoruba region in Nigeria....
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