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Maro Itoje interview: England and Saracens star championing African art at newly launched gallery

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Source: The Standard

Maro Itoje scoured London, looking for artwork for his first flat. 

Try as he might, he could not find any African pieces to hang in his new home. When his capital quest ended in vain, Itoje and his family resolved to hit the markets on their next trip to Nigeria. 

A few months and a successful “pilgrimage” later, Saracens and England star Itoje finally had some artwork to reflect his heritage as his first house took shape. 

Read more: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/rugby/maro-itoje-interview-akoje-gallery-khalil-akar-b1126443.html

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CHRIS THURMAN: Even billionaires want bargains: ultracontemporary artists raise the stakes

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African art forms have long been subjected to fetishisation by the Global North. Throughout the 20th century, the art historians of the West focused much of their attention on fetish objects when discussing African artistic traditions — indeed, the fetish stood metonymically for art in and from Africa. 
Read more: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/columnists/2023-03-17-chris-thurman-even-billionaires-want-bargains-ultracontemporary-artists-raise-the-stakes/

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