The voices of African artists are seldom heard abroad directly. Although some sign their works and promote original styles, these artists are generally overlooked by collectors and critics and remain anonymous to the average consumer. It is sometimes assumed that their works are reproduced in factories that affix a “handmade” stamp to increase the exotic appeal and marketability of their products. Unlike certain Western artists who idealistically shun commercial ventures, many of the African artists do not have this option and are economically pressured into commercial enterprises in order to pursue their crafts.
KeywordsCottage Industry Furniture Industry Symbolic Exchange Individual Artist Performative Utterance
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