Reading the Ancestor

CCAC #: 0603
Artwork title: Reading the Ancestor
Artist(s): Abdulcadir Ahmed Said
Year made: 2006
Artwork type: Video
Medium: Film
Video art duration: 6:01
Source: Donated by Bridget Thompson and Tomas Films
Year acquired: 2021
Installation type: Movable artwork
Location area: In storage

An artistic interpretation of Ernest Mancoba's oil painting L’Ancêtre, symbolising Africa's history of oppression and resistance, complementing Mancoba's spiritual iconography. Mancoba expresses the need to preserve African heritage as a shared heritage of humanity, as does Joseph Ndlovu's Humanity, the very first work of the CCAC.

CCAC 436380

Caption: Video artwork not available online

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