The History, Philosophy and Aesthetic of AFRI-COBRA (1973) by Barbara Jones-Hogu


The African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists was founded in Chicago in 1968. They asked themselves the essential question: ‘could we sacrifice the wants for self and ego in order to create the visual needs of our kind?’ The answer was ‘Yes, we can’. With this positive motivation behind them they deployed art as a force for social change. Their manifesto, written in 1973 by Barbara Jones-Hogu is not only a proposition for future activity but also a careful and considered analysis of their shared work to date: modelling the possibilities for collective thought, work and art-action.

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