Poets and Fetters
- Label Text
- This body of work was designed to illustrate "Africa: On Her Schedule Is Written a Change," a book of poems by Barbara Haegar (Ibadan: African Universities Press, 1981). Many of these poems coupled with Onobrakpeya's visual renderings address the complex, tumultuous history of political fortunes and movements in post-independence Africa. They often highlight problems of corruption, despotism and the disabling legacies of colonial domination.
- This work tells of the harassment and censorship directed toward Africa's poets, playwrights, musicians and visual artists at the hands of corrupt authorities.
- Etching of a grid background with a figure playing a guitar and a very large mask with a lock on its mouth in the foreground. There is a title and signature along the bottom of the composition: "5/75 Poets and Fetters - Deep Etching - Bruce Onobrakpeya, Lagos, Sept, 1980."
- Lagos, Sept, 1980."
- Warren Robbins, Washington, D.C. -- to 1991
- Exhibition History
- Encounters with the Contemporary, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., January 7, 2001-January 6, 2002
- Published References
- Haeger, Barbara and Bruce Onobrakpeya. 1981. Africa: On Her Schedule is Written a Change. Ibadan: African Universities Press, p. 44 and cover.
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- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Bruce Onobrakpeya, born 1932, Nigeria
- Credit Line
- Gift of Warren M. Robbins
- Deep etching on paper
- H x W: 39 x 52.3 cm (15 3/8 x 20 9/16 in.)