Africa is a continent rich with cultures which have, over centuries, produced some of the most remarkable works of art in our universal heritage. These works, for the large part, are conserved in institutions or private collections outside Africa. This obviously poses the serious problem of Southern heritage being accessible only to Northerners.
“Africa, Collected” is an inventory of the complex relations between the North and the South regarding traditional African art. By interviewing collectors, gallery curators, museum curators, researchers, philosophers, sociologists and artists, the film confronts and puts into perspective the different voices presiding over ownership of these works. It traces subjects of discussion which, in coming years, will be more and more relevant.