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Echoes of the Kalabari: Sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp

Solo show at National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution. 1988 - 1989
Date: 11 November, 1988 until 29 January, 1989
Organiser: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

Echoes of the Kalabari is the first showing in the United States of the sculpture of Sokari Douglas Camp, a Kalabari artist who has studied and lived in Europe and the United States. As is true of all artists, she draws upon  a variety of her experiences in the creative process. Her sculpture exemplifies the universal search for artistic self-expression.

Presented here are large constructions, some motorized, which evoke aspects of traditional Kalabari culture. Two sources emerge: the festival as a major cultural activity and funerary ceremonies. Hers is an aesthetic that combines the authenticity of its cultural past wih contemporary artistic technologies. As a modern sculptor, she makes us aware by means of shape and rhythm of the aesthetic richness of her cultural legacy.”

From the catalogue Introduction, by Sylvia H. Williams, then-Director of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution and Roy Sieber, Associate Director, of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The exhibition came with a substantial catalogue, which included an essay by Marina Vaizey and a conversation with Douglas Camp, by Wendy Belcher, Assistant Editor of the catalogue.

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1988

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Born, 1958 in Buguma, Nigeria

Exhibition venues

»  National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution

Washington DC, United States of America