Spirit of Africa

Afro Brasil Museum

African Kings

"Mahamat Bahar Marouf, Sultan of Logone Birni, Superior Chief ", Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Alfred Weidinger
The exhibition "Spirit of Africa - African Kings", by Austrian photographer Alfred Weidinger, brings contemporary portraits of kings and chiefs from all over African continent and offers a dialogue with works from the collection of Afro Brazil Museum. The photographs were taken in the years 2012 and 2013
Lobual Longurakori, Old man of Clã Jie, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Lobual Longurakori, Old man of Clã Jie, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Fon Abumbi II, King of Bafut, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
"Emir Ajhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, Lamido of Adamawa", Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum

There are many discovered kingdoms in Portuguese expansion through Atlantic islands and African continent. With a political, social and religious structure, these supreme sovereigns negotiated and exchanged correspondence with Portuguese kings and even got baptized to receive not only the Christian blessing, but also the protection of Their Majesties.

Togbe Okpekpewuokpe Dagadu VIII, Supreme Chief of Akipni, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Oba Egba Kotan II, King of Dassa, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum

African slave trade was a hard blow to many, many ethnic groups, a great business for kings, and, from this perspective, there were deep connections between large allied families with the reigning sovereign.

Fon Ndofoa Zofoa III, King of Babungo, Alfred Weidinger, 2012, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Fon Ndofoa Zofoa III, King of Babungo, Alfred Weidinger, 2012, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum

Kings, shows off their recades, jewelry, adornments and carpets.

Fo Sikam Happi , King of Bana, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Fo Sikam Happi , King of Bana, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Fo Sikam Happi , King of Bana, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Ahosu Agoli-Agbo Dé djalagni King of Abomey, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Kan Iya, King of Gan, Alfred Weidinger, 2012, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Remarkable of Fo from Bamendjou, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum

African Nobility differs in essence from the West, with the apparatus of succession chains, different titles of nobility and their court gossip. In Africa, however, there are still the principles of obedience, fear and serve the king - and even die with him.

Nana Kwasi Asampong II, Regent of Apesorkubi and Okyeame Mfodwo, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Nji Monluh Seidou Pokam, King of Bangangte, Alfred Weidinger, 2012, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
El Hadi Isse Tize, Lamido de Mogode, King of Kapsiki, Alfred Weidinger, 2012, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Sultan El Hadj Issiton Kpeitori Koda VI, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum

The king hung over his subjects, with social and political power of life and death; many were buried alive.

Alhaji Ali Saleh, Sultan of Makari, Alfred Weidinger, 2012, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
"Bissagou Mamadou, Lamido de Mokong, and Remarkables", Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum

Monarchs survive without political power, but with the force of tradition.

"Oba Ala yé luwa Agbò la wolu- Owé Aladé-Ifé - King of Keto", Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Okakple Nana Letsabi II, Supreme Chief of Santrokofi, Alfred Weidinger, 2012, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Bakary Yerima Bouba Alioum, Lamido of Maroua, Alfred Weidinger, 2012, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Gbesso Adjiwatonou Allodji II, Zanmènou Houndé, King of Abomey-Calavi, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum

They had the power and relied on the loyalty of his army, often made up of women warriors called Amazons.

Gbesso Adjiwatonou Allodji II, Zanmènou Houndé, King of Abomey-Calavi, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum

They were always protected from sunlight by huge umbrellas with the King's insignia.

Achuka Lokochil Paul, Old man of Clã Jie, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
Fon Ndofoa Zofoa III, King of Babungo, Alfred Weidinger, 2013, From the collection of: Afro Brasil Museum
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Espírito da África – os Reis Africanos fotografias de Alfred Weidinger

Exposição Museu Afro Brasil

Curadoria: Emanoel Araujo
Texto: Emanoel Araujo
Fotografias: Alfred Weidinger
Exposição Google Cultural Institute: Salvador Corrêa Carriel
Tradução: Rita Boccardo

MUSEU AFRO BRASIL
GOVERNO DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO
GERALDO ALCKMIN
Governador do Estado de São Paulo

MARCELO MATTOS ARAÚJO
Secretário da Cultura

RENATA VIEIRA DA MOTTA
Coordenadora da Unidade de Preservação do Patrimônio Museológico
ASSOCIAÇÃO MUSEU AFRO BRASIL
MUSEU AFRO BRASIL
EMANOEL ARAUJO
Diretor Curatorial e Executivo

FERNANDO ANTONIO FRANCO MONTORO
Diretor Administrativo-Financeiro

ANA LUCIA LOPES
Coordenadora de Planejamento Curatorial

MARIA DE FÁTIMA PADUA DA CRUZ
Secretária da Diretoria Curatorial

ESTELA MARIA OLIMPIO
Secretária das Diretorias Executiva e Administrativo-Financeira

ROSELI BATISTA LEAL
Tecnica de Produção de Eventos

SANDRA MARA SALLES
Coordenadora de Difusão

NATALIA TERUMI MORIYAMA
Coordenadora de Desenvolvimento Institucional
GABRIEL JONATHAN DE SOUZA CRUZ
SALVADOR CORREA CARRIEL
Assistentes de Comunicação

ROBERTO KUNIHIKO OKINAKA
Museógrafo
RENATO ARAUJO DA SILVA
TIAGO GUALBERTO MORAIS
Pesquisadores

FÁTIMA FARIA GOMES
Coordenadora de Salvaguarda

BEATRIZ YOSHITO
Assistente de Coordenação

RENATO FELIX PEREIRA
Conservador Sênior

ANDREA ANDIRA LEITE
Documentalista

GUILHERME LOPES VIEIRA
Técnico em Documentação Museológica

JULIA FRANCO VICENTE
SAMUEL BALSALOBRE ATHIAS
Técnicos de Conservação

CLÁUDIO ROBERTO NAKAI
Coordenador Editorial

MAKAYA MAYUMA BEDEL
Assistente Editorial

NEIDE APARECIDA DE ALMEIDA
Coordenadora de Educação

DALTON DELFINI MAZIERO
Técnico em Documentação

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