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Stationäre Grenzgänger

Lokale Künstler und die internationale Kunstwelt in Westafrika

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African artists work for a very heterogeneous public. They produce advertisements in the form of wall paintings and billboards, painting for the local middle- classes, and commissioned work for Church and State institutions. In addition, many of them seek access to international art markets. Some artists have developed strategies that allow them to participate simultaneously in local and global worlds. Some live part-time in the centers of the international art world, others travel frequently to African capitals, and still other remain at home, but are nonetheless present in international art circles. This article focuses on this last category of «stationary border crossers», and is based on fieldwork with artists from the Ivory Coast and Cameroon.