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“D’où vient la joie?” - 19 x 24 in. (48 x 61 cm), graphite on bristol.

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D’où vient la joie?

19x24 graphite on bristol.

“Where does joy come from?” While drawing this portrait of a joyous woman from Guinea, West Africa, I thought a lot about this question. It’s one that I find myself asking quite often while I’m traveling in West Africa, and for good reason: despite what most people would see as oppressive poverty and a difficult way of life, the people of Guinea always seem to find joy in their everyday lives. Perhaps it is their immense pride in their families and communities, or their vibrant music, dance, and cultural traditions. Others would tell me that it stems from their courage in facing life with a smile, with the ones you love around you. Une telle joie? Il faut avoir de courage ! Such joy? One must have courage!

Drawing on Culture

An Artist’s West Africa Travelogue


In Drawing on Culture, Kobrenski shares his artwork, stories, and insights about culture and worldviews with the keen eye of an anthropologist so that we might, in turn, see our own cultural worldview with new eyes.

More than thirty new artworks from his time in Guinea are compiled here alongside his own field notes and essays. His portrait drawings inspire conversations about diversity, tradition, and why ancient ways of knowing are now more relevant than ever.

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“Dave Kobrenski is a gifted artist and musician, and a better anthropologist than many of the PhDs I know. Here is a fine text that depicts people as they are, illustrates their essence, and demonstrates the importance of appreciating, without appropriating, their lives and ways of being.”

Katherine Donahue, Ph.D, Professor Emerita, Anthropology