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The Misconception of African Art for Decoration

The Misconception of African Art for Decoration

Africans unique arts offer a natural touch in an environment for decoration. 

The continent attracts a huge number of tourists who purchase these arts each year, no wonder some hotels in the western world are spotted with African artifacts either at their lobby or in rooms. 

Many times, visitors treasure their adventure in African hence leave along with art for memories and also spice up their decoration at homes, this could be paintings, sculpture, pottery, and fabric. 

In recent times it has become a trend more people and hospitality sites are adopting Afrocentric designs for a natural and exotic ambiance in their space. 

Africans are very atheistic, most of these artifacts were used in the colonial era in the shine and chief palace, the invasion of the western religion portrays African arts to be an art that contains spiritual powers which made most Africans do away with its nicely designed arts. 

Most people saw African arts as cursed due to it spiritual backing that can be associated with mythological and cultural spirits within the African culture. 

Every piece designed by Africans whether paintings, pottery, sculpture, etc is a form of communicating an aspect of culture and history that was misunderstood.
African art, culture, architecture have evolved significantly over the years. 

African artisans are best known for their traditional wood-carved sculptures and masks. 

The growing community of contemporary artists and their creativity that are on display in art shows, museums, and galleries around the world is the proof of this constantly changing, constantly developing creativity.

In an interview with People in Accra about their views on African artifacts for decorating, people said it looks scary and can’t be in their homes, they are scared it will hurt their kids, others have the notion when these artifacts are seen in your house, people will conclude you are into fetish (juju) and will be an outcast in society. 

Speaking to one African artifacts seller at Spintex road, he said the African mentality is the real most do not patronize the artifacts, he claims the mentality backing it stated not now and it will not be easy to also public sensitization about such misconception.

According to him, foreigners are his regular customers and a few Africans who love arts and culture. 

In recent times in Ghana, a few have started to appreciate the African artifact, hotels like African Regent, and Kempiski hotels have these locally crafted artifacts in their lobbies. People also patronized them to decorate homes for an exotic ambiance. 

The misconception that these artifacts have spiritually backing is gradually facing off. Africans are beginning to appreciate what they produce locally.


Source: Nana Agyei Sikapa Ofosu-Manu(Real Estate Times Africa)

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