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Collector Spotlight

William Harper, United States

August 09, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"In the exhibition were three small Fon bocio figures. They had a kind of mystery that I had been trying to bring into my own work. Seeing the Fon figures was one of those moments when the lightbulb went off in my head."


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Mamadou-Abou & Catherine Sarr, United States

April 21, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"When we eventually had the means, we were so eager to make the connection between our upbringing and an art collection, especially photography. From that first piece in Gabon, to where we are today, I’d say that we have a very eclectic collection from artists from around the world yet with a focus on photography from the African Diaspora."


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Montague Hermann, United States

March 08, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

“While most were milling around traditional pieces [at the Dakar Biennale] I thought, there’s really cool stuff over here, there’s a conversation to be had about contemporary African art.”


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Javier Peres, Berlin

February 13, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"The mistakes that I made were collecting purely impulsively and not really studying and comparing and doing the legwork. Because early on, not doing the preliminary steps can be very detrimental. Late in the game, now, I can make a really quick decision on something and the likelihood of me screwing up is a lot less."


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Magnus & Tina Svensson, Sweden

November 14, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"The most important piece of advice is to see and touch as many pieces as you can. Train your eye and you will begin to see the differences sooner or later. Then you will see pieces and know, that one—no, that one—yes!"


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Tonia Marek, France

October 10, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"I now collect two types of beads from Africa; those that either have a history—ancient glass beads—and beads that are used in rituals by African traditional healers, or in animistic rites. I discovered those functions of beads in West Africa, and I started documenting those uses, bead by bead."


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Kristina Achmann-Paul & Andreas Achmann, Germany

June 29, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Take your time before any purchase. Do intense research before you decide on a piece. Do not let yourself be pressured by anyone. Even if this special item is sold by the time you have decided to go for it, there will be another piece."


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Richard Ulevitch, United States

June 02, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"I like all spoons—East Africa, South, West. To me every culture has its own artistic vision of a spoon. The creativity is so appealing given that all a spoon needs is a handle and a bowl to make it functional. But African spoons go beyond the functional, a lot of thought goes into the carving."


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Sindika Dokolo, Angola

May 03, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"I’m working to create the best collection of classic African art in the world."


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Obi Asika, Nigeria

February 05, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Too many Africans have been defensive about being African. Our tradition and culture is not something we should throw away. We live on top of, and in the middle of, incredible treasures—our culture and antiquities are priceless."


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Olufemi Akinsanya, Nigeria

January 29, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Don’t be a hero, don’t look for something that no one has seen before. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Collectors should try to avoid copies, fakes and mediocre examples."


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Deb Glasser, Switzerland

January 09, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Don't try to do it alone. Find people who will help you, mentor you, tutor you. Particularly other collectors. I have found that most collectors are very generous in sharing their passion and experience and eager to pass it on."


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Arno Declercq, Belgium

November 06, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"The younger generation need to see African art integrated into timeless and stylish interiors - interiors that include and even highlight tribal art. We need to show that these ‘foreign objects’ can be incredibly beautiful and can add value to an interior."


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Roberto Domingos, Germany

August 08, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"For me it’s important that the objects I collect are used ritually; this is the special part of traditional African art. It has meaning, it’s not just beauty for beauty’s sake, it’s beauty for magic, power and expression."


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Srdjan Sremac, The Netherlands

July 31, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Collecting should be fun but with tribal art it’s not always that easy, it’s a tricky business. I think every collection is highly personal, the result of aesthetic encounters... a collection is an articulation of the person’s identity and self-narrative."


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Daria Miglietta Ferrari, Ivory Coast

June 29, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"In my view, as a collector don’t rush into it. There’s a out there; I believe the more your passion grows the more your taste will develop."


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Markus Ehrhard, Germany

April 30, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Africa is huge and provides enormous variety. Specialising means that you gain massive amounts of knowledge about your very specific collecting field by comparing your discoveries and understanding the similarities and differences... in the end, most importantly, be a passionate collector, not a calculating buyer!"


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Andrew Turley, Australia

March 20, 2016 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"Most important is to follow your passion... following your passion means finding out as much as possible, seeing as much as possible and touching as much as possible."


ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA Reading List

Books to Pack on Your Holiday

August 09, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

We asked eight collectors to share their favourite books on African art to help you decide on your holiday reading.