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Lisa M. Binder

(b Anyako, Ghana, June 13, 1944).

Ghanaian sculptor, active in Nigeria. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture (1968) and a postgraduate diploma in art education from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana (1969). After graduation he taught at the Specialist Training College (now University of Winneba), Ghana, in a position vacated by the eminent sculptor Vincent Kofi. From 1975 he was Professor of Sculpture at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Anatsui’s practice often makes use of found objects including bottle caps, milk-tins and cassava graters. However, he is not concerned with recycling or salvaging; instead he seeks meaning in the ways materials can be transformed to make statements about history, culture and memory.

His early work consists of ceramic sculptures manipulated to reconfigure pieces of memory. In 1978 he began his Broken Pots series, which was exhibited the following year at the British Council in Enugu, Nigeria. Several of the ceramic works were made of sherds that were fused together by a grog-like cement of broken pieces. Making art historical references to ...

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Erin-Moira West

(b Cabo Delgado, 1954).

Mozambican sculptor and potter. She was trained as a potter by the women in her family. When she began to include female figurative elements atop her vessels she transgressed established gender divisions, which may have led to her relocation to Maputo. Her work is decorated with the same incised patterns seen on ceramic containers, the same as those applied to bodies during initiation processes. Based in Makonde beliefs, practices and stories, her pieces are often playful and humorous but also convey a strong sense of cultural belonging and pride. She speaks only Makonde as a political statement against colonialism. Her work has been exhibited in Mozambique, England, Spain and in the first Johannesburg Biennale, in ...

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South African, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1943, in Marapyane, Skilpadfontien near Hammanskraal in Mpumlanga.

Painter, printmaker, sculptress, ceramicist.

The adolescent Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, trained in mural painting by her maternal grandmother, relocated to Johannesburg in c.1960. Encouraged to develop her abilities by her former employer Heidi Petsch, and by John Koenakeefe Mohl, she furthered her training at the Alexandra Art Centre. She exhibited in the 1970s at ...

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Moroccan, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Fez.

Sculptor, potter.

Hassan Slaoui was a ceramicist by training, then abandoned this traditional technique to undertake experimental sculpture. Along with other young Moroccan and North African artists of his generation, he grappled with the problem of creating a post-colonial sociological identity, in the artistic domain as elsewhere, and of liberating themselves from western academic models....