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THE TOMA/LOMA MASKS
by Vittorio Carini
 
Editor: Gaspari Editore

Language: Bilingual text in Italian and English
Serie:
Artes africanae. Quaderni. Quaderno I.
Publication:
01/2009
Pages:
47
Price:
€ 20,00
ISBN-13:
9788875411589
ISBN:
8875411581

 

 

Vittorio Carini, for those who are frequent visitors to this site and discussion lists on yahoogroup artes africanae, is very well known and for many years has been in charge of African arts, both as a collector as a scholar and a passionate  bibliophile.

After the experience of a few years ago with the “home-made" magazine Archetipo, published in collaboration with the Centro Studi Archeologia Africana in Milan, after collaborating with the exhibition Bamanaya (always with the CSAA) and particularly, after the very important experiences of "A Hidden Heritage. African sculptures in Italian private Collections", published by the Dalton-Somaré gallery in 2004, Carini introduces this short and complex creation to inaugurate a new series dedicated to  these aforesaid issues.

On the other hand, Carini had already explored this specific field of enquiry, the art of the Toma/Loma in 1989 on the already mentioned magazine Archetipo in an article written in collaboration with Edmondo Trombetta, Le maschere in miniature Ma della popolazione Loma, which has continued to be one of the few international benchmarks in this less popular field.

Gaspari, the young and brave publisher, intends to establish if in Italy  there is (small) room for cultural circulation of the African arts. Furthermore, the big publishing companies, to publish books ask for large financial investments.

We can only wish them luck (as collaborators we feel we are directly involved with the outcome of this project which we hope and assume will be positive) and therefore, we can advise everyone, including the visitors of this website that have already seen the virtual exhibition and the writings of Carini  on Toma/Loma and everyone that has already seen or even downloaded it, to also acquire the paper version, in as much as being a book, is something different from a purely electronic submission.

 

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