I'm currently doing some research for a chapter on a forthcoming undergraduate textbook that will consider the "history of illustration" in Africa. I wonder if I might ask for help with the following:
First, I'm trying to map out the ways that urban spaces, and particularly walls (whether the actual walls of houses, or walls that demarcate boundaries within urban spaces), have been painted and illustrated. I am mostly familiar with Kinshasa as a very visually rich urban landscape, but I know this varies greatly on the continent.
I am looking for recommendations for readings about contemporary and historical wall art and illustration in different African cities.
Second, I am also looking for literature on the histories and practices of comics/graphic novels/bandes dessinnees in Africa.
Many thanks for your help.
Isabelle de Rezende
Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies and Public History
Department of History
University of the Western Cape, South Africa