Benin independence day

 

Benin celebrates 50 years of independence today.

Benin-sculptures  

Benin has a rich artistic tradition that largely exposed Europe to African art, in the 19th century. If you are in the UK, you can see Beninese sculptures from centuries ago at London's British Museum. Read about the circumstances of its "exportation" in this article

Un homme dans le peur

Danse des initiés et périphérie  

Above, and centuries later, contemporary art by Armand Pascal Aniambossou.

At top, the powerful Beninese Angelique Kidjo doing her thing.

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