Axiomatic Dimensional Analysis of Art in the Visual Culture of the Ibibio People of Nigeria

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (BAMC2022)
Title: Axiomatic Dimensional Analysis of Art in the Visual Culture of the Ibibio People of Nigeria
Stream: Aesthetics, Design
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Authors:
Akaninyene Sampson, University of Uyo, Nigeria
Edem Peters, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Abstract:

The research into visual culture, vis-à-vis art praxis and product, keeps on turning up as tangential to the history, context and practice of socio-cultural variables prevalent in specific cultural settings, despite the fundamentality of image flows and visual technologies in both the rural and urban domains of contemporary society. This study focused on this hiatus, first by presenting a detailed account of the central concepts and theoretical principles of visual culture in relation to their art in contemporary cultural milieu. It expressed some distinctive noticeable behavioural patterns of the Ibibio people in various forms, such as, indigenous fashion, pottery, native textile production, sculpture, painting and decoration, aboriginal drawings, music, and dance, among others. The study also articulated the creative abilities of the people which are manifested in their visual arts, folk songs and nsibidi writing – the original writing of the Ibibio people. The objectives of this study were to analyze the evolving trends of visual culture in both the rural and urban centres of the Ibibio society and to assess the dimensions of the art tradition relative to the extant visual cultural practice. The study benefited from thematic analysis as a method of interpreting patterns and meanings in the data obtained. It is expected that appropriately directed and controlled elements of the visual culture of the Ibibio people can contribute to critical introspective enquiry of the framework and substance of the visual culture of the Ibibio people to boost sustainable visual culture of the people in Nigeria.



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