To the northern Bantu tribes "kilengi" means joy arising through beauty. Kilengi includes superb photographs of art objects from throughout Africa. The book presents extraordinary works from well-known regions as well as new discoveries and objects that challenge long-standing conceptions of African art.
Much of the most unusual material is from eastern and southern Africa. This is an area about which very little has been known until recently, and there has been very little published on the art from the region. A large selection of pieces from the Democratic Republic of Congo is also of special interest. Essays and lengthy commentaries discuss the meaning of each piece for the creators.
Hardcover, embossed cloth boards with photographic DJ, 420 Pages, 12.5" x 10", 213 full-page color catalogue items, followed by B/W thumbnail photos of same items with detailed descriptions. 1 General map of Africa, 10 detailed regional maps. 6-Page bibliography. 15 field photos.. Published to commemorate an exhibition in 2 German, one Austrian and two American museums, 30th August 1997 - 19th January 2000.Published by Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover and University Of Washington Press, Seattle, 1997.