Critical Writing Index

The Archaeology of Origin: Transnational Visions of Africa in a Borderless Cinema

by Dr. Sheila Petty

Halifax: MSVU Art Gallery and Dunlop Art Gallery, 1999

This catalogue was published in conjunction with the film series The Archaeology of Origin: Transnational Visions of Africa in a Borderless Cinema, screened at Mount Saint Vincent University in February 200 and at Dunlap Art Gallery, a department of the Regina Public Library, in March 2000. Dr. Petty's research over the period 1998-200, which led up to this project, was funded by a major research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The Dunlop and MSVU art galleries also acknowledge financial support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Nova Scotia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

On the exhibition:

"This catalogue documents a series of seven films and videos selected by guest curator Sheila Petty for screening at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, in February 2000 and at the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, in March 2000. Scheduled to coincide with African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia, the program showcases the work of black film and video makers working outside Africa, and includes two Canadian films set in Nova Scotia. Dr. Petty explores concepts in black cultural studies such as the 'Black Atlantic' and the forms of cultural agency characteristic of the African diaspora to show that cinema, as much as literature and music, is capable of creating and sustaining transnational modes of expression" (4).

ISBN 1-895215-93-5

A copy of this catalogue is available under item code 1999.087

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Welcome to AfricvilleDana Inkster

L'Homme sur les quais/The Man by the ShoreRaoul Peck

SankofaHaile Gerima

Making ChangeColina Phillips

Rue Cases-Negres/Sugar Cane AlleyEuzhan Palcy

Ye Wonz Maibel/DelugeSalem Mekuria

The Last Angel of HistoryJohn Akomfrah