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FANG mixes documentary and fiction techniques to recount an African art object's journey through a century of peril and adventure, and uses the film styles of each historical period to tell its story - a whole century of Western attitudes towards African culture packed into 8 minutes.

"Highly Recommended! [A] little gem... Part of what makes FANG so clever is that with each vignette, director Susan Vogel uses a different film style and look. The effect is delightfully quirky, but never kitschy... there is nothing to dislike here. The film raises questions about authenticity, art, culture, and history, and would be useful in stimulating discussion. It would be an excellent addition to collections supporting art history, African history, or anthropology."—Educational Media Reviews Online

"A complete delight, so witty and pithy - if you blink, you may miss an important piece of art history."—Professor Suzanne MacRae, English Department, Univ. of Arkansas

"Fast, funny and provocative. The film focuses attention on the arbitrary and changing nature of the categories of 'art' in Western culture and raises important questions about the integrity of the object and the relationship between museum exhibition of objects and their value on the art market. It takes me two lectures to cover this material; this film does it in 8 minutes."—Professor Jean Borgatti, Clark University

"In a thoroughly inventive approach to its topic, this crisp black and white drama explores the ways in which African art has been appropriated through time and space."—Margaret Mead Film Festival


Main credits

Vogel, Susan Mullin (filmmaker)
De Carbo, Ed (film producer)
Pemberton, Robert (actor)

Other credits

Director of photography, Alex Kondracke; assistant director, Imogen Thomas; art director, Chris Mueller, Louisa Thompson.

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Distributor subjects

African American Studies
History (World)
Multi-Cultural Studies
Study Guide


Susan Vogel; African art; Western attitudes; Museum Studies; Jean Borgatti; market; value; artifact; Gunther Tessmann; Cameroon; Gabon; Paul Guillaume; George Braque; Alfred Barnes; museum; Julius Lips; Man Ray; Alan Locke; Harlem Renaissance; modern art; primitivism; history; objects; museum; ; "Fang"; Icarus Films; "Fang"; Icarus Films