ISBN: 9788409136896

Hogon. Reflections on the art and memory of the Dogon people of Mali

Hogon. Reflections on the art and memory of the Dogon people of Mali

Montagut Gallery Barcelona; Elena Martinez-Jacquet

PHOTOGRAPHIES by Hughes Dubois

The memory of traditional societies of black Africa has little means by which to last over time. However, The Dogon of Mali seem to have found a way to preserve their identity: art. A symbol and vehicle of memory in Dogon culture, art takes on a role akin to that of writing. It ensure transmission of the principles that uphold Dogon identity. But this art has also been a vehicle for dissemination of Dogon culture well beyond the Bandiagara region. Mask and sculptures have been found in western African art collections were disseminated throughout numerous exhibitions and publications, familiarising a diverse public with the cultural specificity contained in their symbols. In the same way, these objects have provided the Dogon with models and references to reclaim their uniqueness, threatened by the effects of colonisation and modernity. Therefore, it appears that ritual art has empowered the Dogon to preserve their specificity more than any other traditional African society. 

Contains an essay written by Elena Martinez-Jacquet, in French, English and Spanish that deals with the art and memory of the Dogon people of Mali. It also includes the images made by one of the best tribal art photographers of the moment, Hugues Dubois, with twenty dogon sculptures, were in the exhibition "Hogon",  held for Parcours des Mondes, Paris in September 2019. 

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Digital catalogue
English, French, Spanish
Tribal Arts Classics BCN
Public Note

Montagut Gallery is an art gallery founded in 1990 in Barcelona specialized in the high-end art of tribal societies in Africa.
Since its inception, the gallery promotes the cultures of Africa and sells works to collectors and institutions alike. Our objective is to offer a maximum guarantee regarding the quality and authenticity of our objects.

The gallery is presented with a renewed project from its new headquarters in the street of Pau Claris 163, focusing not only on primitive art, but also on 20th and 21st century painting of established Spanish artists such as Antoni Tàpies, Antoni Clavé, Antonio Saura or Joan Miró, among others. Our exhibition tendency will show a continuous dialogue between both artistic disciplines.

Montagut Gallery has international representation participating every year in Feriarte in Madrid, Parcours des Mondes in Paris, Brafa art Fair in Brussels,, Bourgogne Tribal Show and Cultures Bruneaf in Brussels.


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