. RESTITUTION’S FIRST WAVE: BÉNÉDICTE SAVOY’S “AFRICA’S STRUGGLE FOR ITS ART” « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NEWS – SAVOY CASTS THE RESTITUTION DEBATE as a story of political entities, with both colonizers and colonized endeavoring to narrate their own national saga. Regardless of country, context, or year, newly independent African states consistently positioned stolen artifacts as an invaluable part of their cultural histories—narratives they were scripting on their own for the first time. In his early manifesto, Joachim described “the battle for the recovery of our artworks” as integral to the formation of African futures. In response, European states repeatedly unleashed a motley of rebuttals, several of which, in addition to outright lies about provenance , are still deployed today.

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