Inventer une nouvelle illusion: Le cas renomé des Southern Ndebele.

Fontana Antonelli, Giovanni (2003) Inventer une nouvelle illusion: Le cas renomé des Southern Ndebele. In: 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites’, 27 – 31 oct 2003, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

This paper deals with the process of change, transformation and modernisation of the Southern Ndebele culture, from the first struggle against the apartheid state to the affirmation as a landmark in modern art. This contribution seeks to investigate the roots of the transition from a local tradition to a contemporary language and understand the reasons for its world-wide success: the creation and consolidation of the Southern Ndebele cultural identity is the key concept to reaffirm the intangible values of the community and disseminate a fresh new idea of “African Renaissance”. The paper follows the historical and typological path of the Southern Ndebele art and architecture, from the origin to the present, through comparative analysis with neighbouring groups (i.e. Basotho or Tswana) and investigates on the impact of irreversible change on their social structure through the ways of assimilation and reuse of external languages. The question is how the colonisation and globalisation process had influenced the material and immaterial culture of a community and how a diverse perception has been determined to enhance the incessant dialogue between human beings and nature that we call history.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Fontana Antonelli, Giovanni
Languages: French
Keywords: Transition as an adaptation to adversities; mutations as a cultural identity; globalisation; aboriginal cultures; intangible heritage
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 02. Oral traditions and expressions (including language)
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Southern Ndebele
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 18:11
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16

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