4 December 2012

Angola: Francisco Van-Dúnem Invests in Nation's Costumes, Practices

Luanda — The Angolan plastic artist, Francisco Van-Dúnem "Van", said in Luanda that the "Formas, Kitandeiras e Zungueiras" is a plastic-symbolic representation of the Luanda and country's reality.

The artist was speaking to Angop about his pieces of work that will go on display as from December 6 at the Portuguese Cultural Centre, in the Angolan capital.

He said that with this form of plastic-symbolic representation, with the help of a photographic vision and installations of typical artifacts of the "zunga" (hawking), the "Kinguilas", the "Kitanda" (market selling) and "Kinguilas" (street money dealers), he seeks to represent costumes and practices, visualisation and representation that constitute an aesthetic problem with very particular characteristics.

"But it is also a social problem, a rapid metaphor of the Angolan society whose solution I think requires artistic register and interpretation of this same reality, with all its pros and cons in the constellation of the elements that comprise the national whole," said the author.

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