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Long Live the President! presents 60 colorful portrait-cloths from Africa.
These commemorative textiles are printed for largely political reasons. They depict the main figures from the history of independent Africa, from Kwame Nkrumah in 1957 to Jacob Zuma in 2009. Included are important visitors such as Pope John Paul II and Barack Obama. Serving as propaganda but also to honor the memory of a person or event, the cloths are fascinating examples of contemporary design, social communication and historical documents all contained in one medium. Concise text and unique images show the rich history of the production and development of the African portrait-cloths and put this little-known subject in context.
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Paul Faber is curator of Africa, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Book Description KIT Publishers, Amsterdam, 2010. Wrappers. Condition: Fine Condition. 96 pages. Paperback, bound in illustrated stiff paper covers. Still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, so the binding is tight, the spine uncreased, the edges and corners are sharp, and the interior is presumed to be clean and unmarked. Text in English. Illustrated. Seller Inventory # 020844