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Maker(s):Fernandes, Brendan
Culture:Canadian, born Nairobi, Kenya (1979- )
Title:The Encyclopedia Africana
Date Made:2013
Type:Artist's Book
Materials:Hand-bound book with black linen paper
Measurements:Overall: 12 in x 9 in x 3 in; 30.5 cm x 22.9 cm x 7.6 cm
Accession Number:  UM 2013.59
Credit Line:Gift of Brendan Fernandes
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Currently on view

Bound book with pages of black paper and no text.

Label Text:
Exhibition Label, 40 Years / 40 Artists, January 22–March 8, 2015:
Of particular inspiration to Fernandes is W.E.B. Du Bois’ life-long but unfulfilled dream to create The Encyclopedia Africana, extolling the past and present greatness of Africans and African-Americans. Fernandes has created a symbolic version of the book. - Loretta Yarlow

conceptual art; literature; race; African American

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