ERIC Number: ED477145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Symbolism in the Struggle for Liberation: The Historical and Global Exploration of Rastafarian Art.
Kohn, Ronald M.
The purpose of this study is to define the essential characteristics of Rastafarian art and to explore it as a part of the Rastafarian social identity. To do this, the paper: (1) examines the Rastafarian movement and its development; (2) discusses the techniques, images, and symbolism used; (3) reviews Rastafarian artists to gain an insight into their expression; and (4) theorizes about Rastafarian art and how it has aided Rastafarians and others outside the movement to understand Rastafarians better. Much of what is known about Rastafarian identity and liberation can be found in the movement art forms. Rastafarian art is the imaginative visualization of the community of Rastafarians, expressed by means of drawing, painting, carving, and sculpting. Some characteristics of this art are symbolic imagery, color, and placements. The work often articulates the struggle of the oppressed person of African descent and can be seen not only on buildings, churches, and homes, but also on kiosks and local sheds that market items related to Rastafarian identity. The beginnings of Rastafarianism can be found in Ethiopia. The characteristics of Rastafarian art forms are often associated with African culture. A true understanding of Rastafarian art cannot be fully gained without a knowledge of Rastafarian history and culture. (Contains 17 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia