As the expanding art market in China continues to illustrate the dichotomy of perceived financial security in the art as an investment and threats to cultural heritage in regions of conflict, a similar disparity takes shape within the African continent. Basically looting in Northern Africa continues to threaten cultural heritage sites, while other African nations endeavor to take part in the economic benefit of the art market. In Egypt, criminals have continued aggressive looting of historic landmarks such as the pyramids at Giza, and UNESCO warns that in Mali rebel groups, including Tuaregs and the al-Qaida-linked Ansar Dine, threaten to loot cultural treasures such as in Timbuktu. Meanwhile, a book titled, Contemporary Nigerian Art in Lagos Private Collections, promises to increase the accessibility of Nigerian art to collectors, and Zimbabwe reports a growing number of self-taught and trained visual artists.
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