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Art of the Cameroon Grasslands

Art of the Cameroon Grasslands

The Weis Collection

By (author) Bettina von Lintig
By (author) Peter Weis
Contributions by Michael Oehrl
Photographs by Andreas Achmann


Publishing 25th Sep 2024
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Art of the Cameroon Grasslands unveils the artistic creativity of a region of West Africa through the Weis Collection. With texts by Peter Weis and Bettina von Lintig, and a contribution by Michael Oehrl, the book is a comprehensive overview of Grasslands Art.

In contrast to many other African regions, the works of the artists of the ethnic groups that live in the Grasslands are characterized by enormous diversity, dynamism, movement, asymmetry, power, and even unbridled wildness. Other works radiate tranquillity, offering the viewer uncommon visual pleasure and delight. For centuries, kingdoms and rulers in this region competed to create new works of art or perfect inherited styles. These works served cultural, profane, and representational purposes, and they reflected the social and ruling structures of the Grasslands—aspects that the book’s essays and descriptions go into in detail.

A broad spectrum of objects and their uses are reflected in the Weis Collection. It includes everyday objects, works of folk art, ritual, and cult objects such as magic or commemorative figures, masks, posts, palace doors, representational objects, musical instruments, tobacco pipes, and drinking horns.

The introduction presents important aspects of the cultural and artistic development of each object’s region of origin, also in the context of European colonization. All are illustrated with numerous field photographs. This is followed by an essay on beaded artworks from the Grasslands, a subject that has been little researched to date. As the Grasslands are embedded in a larger cultural area, objects in the collection from neighboring ethnic groups are also presented, in many cases shedding light on centuries-old connections and artistic exchanges.

About the Author

Bettina von Lintig completed her studies at LMU Munich with a doctorate in ethnology specializing in the Cameroon Grasslands. She began to write journalistic texts with an anthropological focus during her college years. As an expert on “tribal art,” she worked in the trade, archived collections, and curated exhibitions. She was a member of the Bayreuth-based Humanities Collaborative Research Centre’s interdisciplinary program “Local Action in Africa in the Context of Global Influences,” and her research interest focused on modernist and contemporary art movements in Senegal and Paris. She has worked as an independent researcher for many years and has published several books and numerous essays. Peter Weis has been collecting ethnological artifacts, primarily African art, for nearly 40 years. His research focuses on traditional Cameroonian Art. Dr. Weis studied economics and law, and he has worked in industry and as a bank manager in Germany and abroad. He was subsequently appointed full professor of Human Resource Management. Michael Oehrl has been working with tribal carpets of the Baluch people of Persia and Afghanistan as well as the textiles of the Berber peoples in North Africa since the 1980s. Since 2005, Dr. Oehrl’s main interest has been in traditional African art, especially glass beadwork, as well as works from South America. Andreas Achmann is a renowned photographer specializing in still life imagery and is also a dedicated collector of African traditional art. His work has been featured in prestigious publications such as Elle and Vogue, and he has worked with international companies like LVMH and Swarovski. Additionally, Achmann has contributed to several art books that showcase his expertise and passion for capturing the beauty of objects and artifacts.

Five Continents Editions
Publish date
25th Sep 2024
USA & Canada
9.45 in x 11.22 in
400 Pages
300 color
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