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Irresistible Logic: Rupestrian Art and Graphic Writing in the Kongo World

October 3, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EDT Eastern Time

Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States

AIA Society: Philadelphia

Lecturer: Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz

The lecture will focus on agency in Kongo society, exploring a complex state of social development in which legal, political, religious and visual systems motivate responses to and interpretations of Kongo cultural principles in the Atlantic world. Martinez-Ruiz will argue that the myriad forms of communication known as Ndinga i Sinsu seamlessly integrate into a wide range of audio and visual communicative techniques that he terms ‘graphic writing systems’. Such systems also include proverbs, mambos, syncopated rhythms, a large variety of written symbols, and oral traditions that are rich sources of cultural and social histories, religious beliefs, myths, and other expressions of the shared Bakongo worldview. The lecture will incorporate key examples gathered through fieldwork among the Kongo people in northern Angola, southern Democratic Republic of the Congo and within Kongo-based religious traditions in the Americas.

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October 3, 2021
2:00 pm EDT
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Robert F. Sutton


Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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